Staff of Remploy, the disability employment specialists, have made a £50,000 donation to Cancer Research UK to show their support and help beat over 200 types of cancer.
Remploy left government ownership in April 2015 with employees owning a 30% stake in the company which is held in an Employee Benefit Trust (EBT). As shareholders they choose to use a proportion of the profits to help good causes in line with Remploy’s mission and values.
The Trust is also building a new partnership with Cancer Research UK which will provide opportunities for Remploy staff to volunteer in charity shops across the UK, at events and for disabled jobseekers to work with the national charity.
A spokesperson for the Employee Benefit Trust said:
“We’re delighted to present £50,000 to Cancer Research UK and to work closely with them in the future. They are a very worthy cause and we look forward to working with them as our charity of the year and on the exciting new partnership opportunities, which will help drive Remploy’s mission to transform society and the lives of disabled people.”
The new partnership will enable closer working between the two organisations, with work placement opportunities at the charity’s network of shops and events, knowledge sharing and sessions with a Cancer Research UK nurse. The aim is also to provide information packs about cancer to help jobseekers affected by the disease who Remploy are helping to find a job.
Tracey Jones, Local Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK said: “We are extremely grateful and happy that Remploy have chosen Cancer Research UK to be their Charity Partner. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to make this happen. All funds raised will go towards the charity’s research to beat over 200 types of cancer, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
“Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its groundbreaking research. So funds raised through supporters like Remploy and their customers is crucial to the work of doctors, nurses and scientists who work day and night to fight cancer on all fronts.”
Cancer Research UK support research into all types of cancer, across all age groups and focus their efforts in four key areas – working to help prevent cancer, diagnose it earlier, develop new treatments and optimise current treatments by personalising them and making them even more effective. Their ambition is see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years.
Gareth Parry, Chief Executive of Remploy said:
“EBT donations are selected by our employees to benefit charities and organisations close to their heart. Many of our employees will have been touched by cancer or know someone who has. £50,000 is a significant donation, made possible thanks to the participation and buy-in from employees, it will hopefully help in the fight against this horrible disease.”
Many local good causes have already benefitted from grants made by Remploy employees this year, including When you wish upon a Star, Bristol based food bank Fareshare, Ystrad Recycling, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and Wenlo Riding for the Disabled.
For more information about Remploy please visit, www.remploy.co.uk.