Charity news round up (04/05/2022)

With news on: Suez raises £500,000 for cancer charity; BMRA donates £20,000 to Royal British Legion; EMR Kilmarnock offers to support MECOCO; and, charity raises £5m in clothes recycling.

Suez raises £500,000 for cancer charity

Waste management company Suez has raised £500,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support over nearly a decade of partnership.

Suez’s partnership with Macmillan started in 2014 with the Big Ride, a cycle relay that visited the company’s sites around the country from Scotland to Cornwall, raising over £35,000.

Suez and Macmillan Cancer Support teams celebrate the milestone together

Since then, the company has organised a fundraising event every two years. These events are supplemented by regular fundraising activities throughout the year.

The latest event took place last week (26 April) to celebrate the fundraising milestone of £500,000.
This saw representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support speak about how the donations helped the charity support people living with cancer. Awards were given to teams and individuals to recognise their fundraising efforts.

Adam Nash, senior partnerships development manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Suez recycling and recovery UK which has raised a fantastic half a million pounds since 2013. This fundraising helps Macmillan continue to do whatever it takes for the 3 million people currently living with cancer in the UK.”

BMRA donates £20,000 to Royal British Legion

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has donated £20,000 to the Royal British Legion from the proceeds of a charity raffle and additional donations from its membership.

Every year the standing president selects a charity to receive a donation raised from raffles and auctions held at BMRA events throughout the year.

l-r: BMRA’s vice president Shane Mellor, BMRA president Susie Burrage, and Lucy Acred, community fundraiser Cambridgeshire & Huntingdon, Royal British Legion

Susie Burrage, president of the BMRA said: “Our members are always incredibly generous with their donations, be it the donation of prizes or raffle entry. I selected the Royal British Legion as 2021 was its centenary year. My maternal Grandfather, John Glover, a veteran of D-Day WW2, instilled in me from an early age to never forget those who have actively served to protect our country and to always wear a poppy with pride.

Lucy Acred, community fundraiser Cambridgeshire & Huntingdon, Royal British Legion added: “We are overwhelmed with such a wonderfully kind donation from British Metals Recycling Association.

“Due to their generosity, we can continue to provide support and care to the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in so many ways, such as information and advice on care and independent living, physical and mental wellbeing, and financial and employment support.”

EMR Kilmarnock offers to support MECOCO

Local social enterprise MECOCO has reaffirmed its partnership with metal recycler, EMR Kilmarnock.

MECOCO offers work experience for disabled young people, adapting their facilities, processes, and products to allow for disabled and non-disabled individuals to work as colleagues.

The team at EMR Kilmarnock award donation to MECOCO

The donation from EMR Kilmarnock will enable MECOCO to buy uniforms for their team, helping them to safely make home accessories such as candles, reed diffusers and melts.

Anthony McCloughey, operations manager at EMR Kilmarnock said: “Since partnering with MECOCO back in 2020 we have seen the amazing work that Jenny and her team do. We are proud to continue this partnership and to help MECOCO support young people within the local community.”

Having launched in 2020, EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined initiative has seen the metal recycler support charities, social enterprises, and schools.

Jenny Trott, director of MECOCO, said: “Our volunteers are excited to start wearing their new tops, and we are extremely grateful to EMR’s initiative for making that happen.”

Charity raises £5m in clothes recycling

The Fire Fighters Charity has raised more than £5million in its clothes recycling scheme since its launch 12 years ago.

Run in partnership with fire and rescue services and textile recycling companies across the UK, the scheme invites members of the public to donate their unwanted clothing in banks placed outside fire stations and in community sites across the country.

The charity raised £5 million since its launch 12 years ago

First thought up by a firefighter in Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, the first bank was placed outside Kettering fire station in 2010. There are 950 fire stations across the UK now taking part.

The Charity’s eight recycling partners, including D. Robinson & Co., Beaumonts Recycling, Clyde Recycling and others, collect the donations regularly.

Kevin Biles, The Fire Fighters Charity’s sales manager, said: “Our clothes recycling scheme has been hugely successful since we launched it, and this is purely down to fantastic teamwork along the way”.

Shaun Hallam, assistant chief fire officer at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, added: “This nationwide initiative not only enables the Fire Fighters Charity to support thousands of personnel with their health and wellbeing, but also diverts a huge amount of unwanted clothing away from landfill.”

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