BGF has raised £12,500 for the UK charity Teenage Cancer Trust, fundraising through fitness app atlasGO.
More than 160 employees in 14 offices across the UK and Ireland took part in a variety of activities – from running and walking, to meditation and volunteering – logging their progress more than 3,200 times through fitness app atlasGO to raise £10,000 for the charity. A further £2,500 was added through a fundraising jazz concert that BGF hosted in its London office.
Teenage Cancer Trust is a cancer care and support charity in the UK that exists to improve the cancer experience of young people aged 13–24. Founded in 1990, the charity’s key service is providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals. It also trains and funds staff who are teenage and young adult cancer specialists. Receiving no government funding, the charity relies of the support of the public to deliver its services.
Stephen Welton, CEO of BGF, said: “It’s been fantastic to see the teamwork and collaboration across the BGF teams this October as we walked, ran and volunteered together for such a worthy cause. I had the honour of visiting one of the Teenage Cancer Trust wards at University College Hospital during our fundraise to talk about their important work and how contributions like ours will impact children and young adults diagnosed with cancer. It has been an inspiring and impressive month and I’m incredibly proud of everyone at BGF for all of their efforts.”
Nicole Peirce, Personal Assistant for BGF’s Reading team, raised more than £480 for the charity. “This was a brilliant opportunity to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and getting active in the process,” she said. “Although exercise is part of my everyday lifestyle, I found ways to volunteer in my local area, as well as push myself further with long distance running and spinning. Being put in a team with a mix of colleagues across different regions really generated a great collaborative spirit and fun competitiveness, whilst raising lots of money for such a worthwhile cause.”
Laura Woodcock, Teenage Cancer Trust Regional Fundraising Manager for London, said: “We’re so grateful to the incredible BGF team for their hard work and support. The funds they’ve raised will make a huge difference to the lives of young people with cancer in the UK and could fund over 400 hours of specialist nursing care.
“Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing and emotional support to young people with cancer, but we’re still not able to reach everyone who needs us and are reliant on the generosity of partners such as BGF to help us grow our vital services.”
More information about the Teenage Cancer Trust can be found here
More information about atlasGO can be found here