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Supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK

Posted by: Guest author 13 January 2017

By Mark Merriman

A year in the life of a corporate partner

"Every year members of staff from mhs homes have the opportunity to nominate a charity and vote for the one they want to support for the following year. I was over the moon that Pancreatic Cancer UK was chosen for 2016 after I nominated the charity.

I have a very close personal connection to Pancreatic Cancer UK: back in November 2012, my wife Dawn was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She underwent ten hours of surgery in January 2013, followed by six months of chemotherapy. Before my wife’s diagnosis I had never heard of pancreatic cancer, and was not aware of the poor survival rates. I was also not aware of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer, which, can be vague or not present in the early stages of disease hence the very poor survival rates.

I was determined to help raise awareness and money for a charity that did so much for my wife and my family. 

Our fundraising efforts in 2016

Our fundraising kicked off with a bang thanks to our bi-annual sleep-out. Staff, business contacts, friends and family all slept outside our head office in cardboard boxes on a very cold night in January to help raise awareness of homelessness and money for both Pancreatic Cancer UK and Shelter.

The wonderful fundraising ideas just kept on coming throughout the year. These included:

  • Two charity football matches against a local supplier
  • Golf day
  • Dragon boat race
  • The London Triathlon
  • London to Brighton bike ride
  • Wear purple to work day
  • Steph’s Great Wall of China walk
  • I had my head shaved
  • I even wore a Manchester United shirt (which was hard as a City fan)

Throughout November we supported Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Not only did we light up our building in purple, we got staff to dress in purple for World Pancreatic Cancer Day, wrote blogs and handed out leaflets on what the symptoms of pancreatic cancer were. On the last day of the month we held a fantastic Bake a Difference” event with Beth and Amy from Pancreatic Cancer UK joining us with cakes from their team. Twelve members of our staff demonstrated their amazing talent as bakers and helped to raise £290. It was a great day. Everyone seemed to enjoy tucking into these amazing creations, especially our judges.

Mhs Homes Bake A Difference

And we didn’t stop there. We raised money at our annual staff party, visit Santa event and build a snowman competition.

In total we raised £20,000!

I’ve been so impressed with how everyone here at mhs homes has embraced Pancreatic Cancer UK and helped me raise a fantastic amount for a charity that did so much for my family."

Our thanks go to mhs homes for their superb fundraising efforts. Congratulations also to MS Society who have been chosen by mhs homes as their charity of the year for 2017. Find out more about becoming a Pancreatic Cancer UK corporate partner.