Goodyear Dunlop Associates Abseil for Teen Cancer Trust
UK Employees from Midlands tyre manufacturer Goodyear Dunlop have started work on raising £30,000 for the company’s chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust, by abseiling down the 120ft side of Fort Dunlop in Birmingham. 12 associates from across the company took part to show their support of the company’s new corporate charity, including company directors Darren Hayes-Powell, Nigel Sowerby and group managing director Mark Brickhill.
Brickhill commented: “Having raised in excess of £5,000 in sponsorship from the event, I would like to thank all of those involved for conquering their fears and kick starting this fierce fundraising campaign. Teenage Cancer Trust is a fantastic charity, and we are thrilled to be supporting the development of a unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital that will be the first in the county for 13 to 16 year olds.
“We have been so touched by the work that the charity does and I’m certain that all of our associates will get firmly behind the fundraising to help to make a difference to the lives of the young people who face this terrible illness”.
Having raised and donated over £52,000 to the Children’s Hospital in 2008, the company has significant experience of charity fundraising, and will be organising a variety of events throughout the year in order to reach the target.
Paula Hancox of Teenage Cancer Trust said, “We are delighted to have the support of a company like Goodyear Dunlop and are very grateful at its pledge to help support the building of a specialist unit.
“The development of a Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Birmingham means that young people from across the West Midlands will have access to the comprehensive services they need to help fight this terrible disease.
“The funds raised by Goodyear Dunlop will go towards ensuring that young people with the illness have the chance to be teenagers first and cancer patients second.”