Norwich businesses urged to support cancer charity

Companies across the county are being urged to sign up to Macmillan Cancer Support's Norfolk Business Challenge and help the charity celebrate 100 years.

In 1911, Douglas Macmillan watched his father die of cancer and, moved by the pain and suffering he saw, he started what was to become Macmillan Cancer Support.

One hundred years on, his belief that free information should be provided to people with cancer and nurses should attend to patients in their own home remains very much alive.

In 2011, Macmillan will have been improving the lives of people affected by cancer for a century.

To help mark the milestone, the charity is calling on 100 local businesses to each raise �1,000 next year to help continue the support they provide.

There are many ways for companies to get involved, from staff holding or taking part in events to encouraging support from customers.

Every firm which signs up will receive a special fundraising pack, full of top money-raising tips, support and advice.

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About 20 companies have already signed up to the scheme.

Helen Chapman, Macmillan fundraising manager for Norwich and Central Norfolk, said: 'I'm so excited about this challenge. Some fantastic companies have signed up already and in the local fundraising office we're ready with help, ideas and merchandise to support all the businesses that take part throughout 2011.

'There are real business benefits to be gained from signing up.

'Whether companies are looking to engage with their local community, team build, gain publicity or just have fun, fundraising for Macmillan can help achieve all these goals.

'And you'll also be making a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.'

Every fortnight, 169 people in Norfolk will be told they have cancer, adding to the two million people across the UK currently living with the disease.

More than 50 Macmillan nurses, doctors, dieticians and occupational therapists have already been funded across Norfolk.

Companies interested in becoming involved in the Norfolk Business Challenge 2011 should call Ms Chapman on 01603 724 360 or email

Are you raising money for a charity? Call Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email