Doncaster insurers raise more than £40, 000 for cancer charity

Staff from the Ryan Direct Group in Doncaster raised thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.
Staff from the Ryan Direct Group in Doncaster raised thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.

A Doncaster-based insurance firm has raised more than £40, 000 for a cancer charity.

Ryan Direct Group (RDG) gathered £42,542.84 for Macmillan Cancer Support from their first annual charity partnership.

Staff across the company’s three main offices, including their headquarters at Doncaster Lakeside, took part in a range of fundraising activities between March 2014 and March 2015. These included coffee mornings, bake sales, dress down days, car boots, jumbles, raffles, ice cream sales, sweepstakes and more.

Some of the company’s specialist teams organised more challenging sponsored events to help boost the overall total. #]

The customer relations team raised more than £1,600 from a sponsored 110 mile cycle ride between all four offices and team member Sally Evans added over £1,000 from a 15,000ft tandem skydive.

The sales and marketing team, led by Michael Rainsbury, raised a further £4,752 by completing the National Three Peaks Challenge. The event involved scaling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, and all within a cruel 24 hour time limit.

Pam Wiggins, head of HR and talent at the firm, said: “Macmillan was chosen by our staff as our first ever charity of the year.

“Macmillan is such a fantastic cause and one that resonates with so many of our people and our clients.

“Cancer has a huge impact with almost 1 in 2 people affected. The great news is that Ryan Direct Group has also agreed to match the funds that are raised throughout the year.”

Over £21,250 was raised and along with matched funding.

Amy Hebdon, local fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “Thank you so much to Ryan Direct Group and everyone who helped make this fantastic donation possible. Macmillan receives no direct government support and we rely almost 99 per cent on donations like this to continue our local work.

“Without this support none of the medical, financial or information services we provide would be possible.”

The money received will help Macmillan to start up new projects like the Doncaster Survivorship Project. People living with and beyond cancer in Doncaster can now access a full range of resources and services that support their needs from the point of diagnosis onwards.