Cancer Research UK announced as first ever charity partner of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Cancer Research UK has been announced as the first ever official charity partner of the Boat Race between bitter rivals Oxford and Cambridge.

The 2016 partnership aims to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all cancer types. Thanks to research, the survival rate has doubled over the last 40 years and millions of people have survived cancer.

Frances Milner, Executive Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and Development at Cancer Research UK, said: "Cancer Research UK is absolutely delighted to be partnering with the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races in 2016.

"Not only will the partnership raise significant funds for our research to help patients like Jakob, but it will also play an important role in helping us raise awareness of cancer, highlighting the steps that everyone can take to reduce their risk of getting this dreadful disease.

"By combining forces with The Boat Races, together, I believe we can achieve great things, and we are extremely excited to be part of this new partnership."

The BNY Mellon Boat Races charity partnership will encourage people to be active, with numerous opportunities to fundraise in the run up to race day itself on March 27, 2016.

David Searle, Executive Director of The Boat Race Company Limited, added: "We feel incredibly privileged to be working in partnership with Cancer Research UK on this exciting new initiative.

"The Boat Races and Cancer Research UK are fully devoted to encouraging people to lead a healthy lifestyle, which, alongside raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK's pioneering research, will be the focus of this partnership."



Unicef UK Extends Fundraising Campaign as Official Charity for Next Edition Of World's Longest Ocean Race


The UK based Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, established by legendary British sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, is proud to reveal that Unicef UK will extend its official race charity partnership to include the 2017-18 edition.


More than 700 international crew members and Clipper Race supporters will be encouraged to fundraise for Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, during the Clipper 2017-18 Race. This will be the second consecutive partnership between the world’s longest ocean race, and Unicef who are already working together to help make a safer world for children.


Clipper Race CEO, William Ward said: “The Clipper Race is committed to a long-term fundraising partnership with Unicef so I am very pleased to be announce that our partnership is extending to include the 2017-18 edition race.


Unicef is global and so are we so together we are a powerful fundraising combination. As our crew train and navigate the world’s oceans and face challenging environments, they will be making a difference to children around the world facing even tougher challenges each day.”


Unicef operates in 190 countries round the world, including every country on the Clipper Race route, and with more than 700 people from over 40 countries expected to take on the challenge of the world’s longest ocean race in 2017, crew members will continue to generate the much needed awareness and funds to help keep more of the world's most vulnerable children safe from danger.


Becks Bohling, Head of Public Fundraising at Unicef UK, said, said:  “We are delighted to have been chosen as the official race charity for the 2017-18 race and to continue our relationship with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.


To date, since the partnership launched in April earlier this year, Clipper crew have raised an amazing £83,000 for Unicef and we are excited to see what more we can achieve together over the coming months and years in order to create a lasting change for children in danger around the world.”


The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is 40,000 nautical miles long and takes almost a year to complete. The longest ocean race in the world, it is also known as one of the planet’s toughest endurance challenges.


Uniquely for amateur sailors, more than 700 crew members representing 44 different nationalities are competing in the current, 2015-16 edition of the biennial race. 40 per cent of crew have never sailed before they sign up to take part and complete a rigorous training process to prepare them for the journey ahead.


The fleet of twelve identically matched ocean racing yachts set sail from London on 30 August 2015 and has already raised £83,000 for Unicef. The race has just arrived at its first stopover in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will continue on via Cape Town, Sydney, Da Nang-Vietnam, Qingdao–China, Seattle, Panama, New York, Derry-Londonderry and Den Helder – the Netherlands before returning to London in summer 2016 to a victorious homecoming.


Specific 2017-18 race fundraising activities and ways for crew and supporters to get involved can be found on the Clipper Race website



Whitehead Monckton raises more money for their corporate charity of the year Porchlight

Leading Kent law firm Whitehead Monckton held the first of their 3 charity quiz nights in aid of their “Charity of the Year”, Porchlight on Thursday 10 September 2015 at Maidstone Community Support Centre.

The quiz itself was won by a team from Kreston Reeves accountants and closely followed by Crowe Clark Whitehill accountants. Over £1000 was raised from the one event including generous support for the raffle from all the teams involved.   

The raffle was a great success with a variety of raffle prizes being generously donated by local businesses and the teams that attended the event. Even the losing teams had fun raffle prizes as a consolation.

The event took place at Maidstone Community Centre whom Whitehead Monckton describe as ‘excellent hosts for the charity event and would certainly recommend them for a central Maidstone event such as ours.’

Whitehead Monckton will be holding a further 2 charity quiz nights in the Kent area. Next up is the Canterbury Quiz taking place on 8th October in the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.

Whitehead Monckton said ‘We’ve held our quiz there for the last 2 years and had tremendous support with 18 teams taking part so we’re hoping for a similar number this year.’

In November there will be a third charity quiz night held in Tenterden at the London Beach Hotel on the 12th November 2015.

The proceeds from the three quizzes will be added to a the total funds raised so far this year by Whitehead Monckton for the Porchlight charity with an amazing target of £10,000 which Whitehead Monckton say is ‘clearly in our sights.’

Garry Warman, head of CSR at Whitehead Monckton commented

‘Everyone really enjoys our quizzes with some good competitive rivalry.  With one round of questions devoted to James Bond, you never know what might be asked – we try to give them wide appeal.  The quizzes also give a good platform for our charity to highlight their work and funding needs to local businesses.  We’re always happy to have more teams so do contact us if you want to enter a team’

Whitehead Monckton has office based in three Kent locations and is one of the largest law firms in Kent. The law firm has expertise in a wide range of legal fields and provides comprehensive services to both personal and business clients. Practice areas include commercial transactions, family, property, estate planning, employment and wills and probate.



The Light Fund now open for charity project submissions


The licensing industry charity, The Light Fund is now open for charities wishing to apply for funding.

Charities are now invited to put forward any projects that they would like the Light Fund to consider for funding and have until Wednesday, November 25th to make the application.

The Light Fund welcomes any applications for funding from any registered charity organisation whose beneficiaries are children, women or men since its formation in 2004.

To date, the Light Fund has raised over £800,000 and has funded around 115 charity projects both in the UK and overseas.

As a result of last year's fundraising efforts, 16 distinct charity projects are now underway with The Brain Tumour Charity, Challenge Africa, Children's Brain Tumour Foundation, The Children's Trust, Children With Cancer UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

MS-UK, New Life, Orchid Cancer Trust, Prostrate Cancer UK, Royal Free Hospital, Rinabow Trust Children's Charity, Spread a Smile, The Venture Force Foundation and Whizz-Kidz projects are also underway.

The Light Fund raises funds throughout the year via various fundraising efforts such as this year's 400 mile Cycling Challenge from London to Utrecht in June which raised over £70,000 whilst their raffle at The Licensing Awards raised another £13,000 for the charity.

"With the proceeds from Progressive Preschool Awards as well as The Light Fund's Southern Quiz happening in November, we are on course for a record fundraising year for The Light Fund, which means we will be able to fund even more charity projects," said David Scott, treasurer of The Light Fund.

The Light Fund committee will meet in December to vote on which of the submitted charitable projects to support from the amount raised this year. Successful charities will be informed mid December 2015 and will receive the funds by the start of January 2016.

Charities have until Wednesday 25 November 2015 to make their submissions online via The Light Fund website. (



Macmillan Cancer Support launches new 1 year partnership with Heron Foods

Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted to announce its new year-long partnership with leading food retailer Heron Foods.

The partnership officially launched last Friday (25th September) which saw all of the 3,000 local staff and employees of Heron’s 237 stores, as well as their Store Support Centre, take part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Heron Foods will aim to raise £250,000 to help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone. A variety of fundraising events will take place and Heron Foods will also be working with suppliers to add extra value to the partnership.

Mike Igoe, Commercial Director for Heron Foods, said: “We are really pleased to support Macmillan Cancer Support for the next year.

“We chose to partner with the charity because it is something that is close to our hearts and the entireteam want to support this worthy cause. “Macmillan are doing fantastic work in reaching and improving the lives of people living with cancer – and we want to help them keep on doing this great work,” he said.

Catriona Munn, Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We are thrilled that Heron Foods has decided to support Macmillan. We look forward to joining forces with the team to raise funds to support people affected by cancer. Thank you to all of the staff and customers who got involved with coffee morning, it was a great way to kick the partnership off in true Macmillan style!”



The Point 1888, Oliver Bonas and Innocent partner for Age UK fundraising

The Point 1888 has teamed with drinks firm Innocent and Oliver Bonas to raise awareness of the Innocent Big Knit and raise money for Age UK.

Under the partnership, the trio will develop a range of adult and kids’ hats to boost consumer awareness of the campaign.

The fund-raising initiative has already seen Innocent drinks don knitted hats within retailers, all in aid of the company’s Big Knit campaign.

However, in association with The Point 1888, Oliver Bonas has created 6 life-sized limited edition hats to wear, including Blueberry Pie, Strawberry Pom Pom, Tangerine Dream, Tutti Frutti, Juicy Grape and Smiley Bunny.

All being exclusively available at Oliver Bonas, £5 from each adult hat and £3 from each kids’ hat will go towards Age UK.

Will Stewart, MD of The Point, said: “We are proud to have worked with an innovative retailer and a phenomenal brand to raise awareness of a campaign that is close to our hearts.”

Now in its 12th year, the Big Knit campaign sees budding knitters across the UK knit miniature woolly hats to be placed on Innocent smoothie bottles, which will be sold in stores nationwide from February 2016.

For each pre-knitted smoothie sold, Innocent will donate 25p to help Age UK fund both national and local winter projects.

Oliver Tess, MD and founder of Oliver Bonas, said: “We love the Big Knit campaign and are thrilled that we are working with our friends at innocent to help raise even more money for Age UK this winter.

“It is an exciting and special collaboration – two great companies working together for an important cause.”



London Air Ambulance take over News UK's Instagram

A day in the life of the London Air Ambulance team was (on Tuesday 27th October) well documented in a series of posts during their 24-hour takeover of News UK's Instagram account.

Starting at 9am on Tuesday October 27, @thenewsbuilding account was highlighting all of London Air Ambulance lifesaving work.

This Instagram takeover came on the back of a £10,000 donation from News UK's parent company News Corp, which is being used to supply a month's worth of helicopter fuel.

As part of the News Corp Giving programme, News Corp asked staff at their UK businesses (News UK, Dow Jones and Harper Collins) to nominate a charity close to their hearts. Thereafter, London's Air Ambulance was chosen by a number of staff that wanted to support the service.


Byron partners with One Feeds Two charity


Hamburger restaurant chain Byron has announced that it is joining forces with new charity partner One Feeds Two.


To celebrate the beginning of the new partnership Byron is offering anyone who has signed up to the Byron Burger Club a chance to order any hamburger for just 25p on October 6th.


This 25p, the equivalent cost of a child’s school meal, will go directly to providing school children in developing countries with a nutritious meal.


Tom Byng, Byron’s founder, said: “JP (One Feeds Two founder) and I have a shared love of doing things properly and in the most simple, stripped-back way.


“That’s why when we heard about the amazing work he was doing with One Feeds Two, we knew we had to be their first restaurant partner: it’s a natural fit.


“We’re excited to finally be able to share this new partnership with our customers and hope that they enjoy our launch event on the 6th October, safe in the knowledge that while they tuck into one of our proper hamburgers, they’re also providing a schoolchild with a meal of their own.”


One Feeds Two was co-founded in 2013 by JP Campbell, who paired up with grassroots feeding programmes to provide school meals to children living in poverty.



Additionally, an entrepreneur who earlier in 2015 launched a line of burger bars named The Boozy Cow in Scotland, said that he would donate all its profits to local charities – estimated to be worth as much as £1 million.


Following the success of the first opening in Aberdeen, a second restaurant was opened in Edinburgh which serves burgers and a selection of cocktails.The company, Speratus Group is planning to make 3 more openings in Dundee, Perth, St Andrews, Glasgow or Inverness by the end of 2017.


The first profits will be donated to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), the Archie Foundation, which provides extra facilities to sick children and their famililes in Highlands and Islands, Grampian and the Northern Isles and Tayside, Aberdeen’s major social care charity VSA and the STV Children’s Appeal.


Speratus Group, the owners of The Boozy Cow brand, has donaged up to £250,000 annually to charities and programmes in Scotland.



Random Dance partner with deafblind charity Sense

Celebrated choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE and his company are partnering with national deafblind charity Sense to explore the infinite possibilities of dance as a means of expression for people with sensory impairments.

Starting with a week-long workshop on 28 September, company dancers will work together with people with sight and hearing impairments and their support workers at TouchBase South East, Sense’s day centre in Barnet, to focus on movement and dance practice.

Jasmine Wilson, Director of Creative Learning at Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, said:

    “Wayne McGregor | Random Dance are delighted to be entering into a partnership with Sense. Working with multi-sensory impaired participants will be a new experience for us and one that I am sure will inform our creative practice in many exciting ways.”

Participants will experiment with the use of visual, acoustic and kinaesthetic imagery in dance - using touch, objects, music, sound and the surrounding environment to discover their physical and creative potential. Dancers will explore the unconscious perception of movement – also known as proprioception - and how this might be experienced by individuals with a range of sensory impairments.

Kara Jarrold, Head of Arts and Wellbeing at Sense, said:

    “We are thrilled to be working with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. Movement and dance offer a unique opportunity for creative expression for people with dual-sensory loss. Our collaboration will provide a useful insight into the company’s creative methods, resulting in a new set of tools and exercises that can enhance personal and physical development outside these sessions.”

The project is part of Sense’s Arts & Wellbeing programme, which supports deafblind people at all stages of their involvement in the arts and cultural sector.


Dairy Crest’s milk&more milkmen and customers help raise over £50,000 for The Prince’s Countryside Fund


Dairy Crest is delighted to announce that a fundraising campaign to help raise money for its charity partner, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, has exceeded its target of £50,000. This money will go towards the important work the Fund does to help rural causes, including helping children across the UK learn more about where food and drink comes from and why the countryside matters. The money was raised through generous donations made by doorstep customers via Dairy Crest’s doorstep delivery service milk&more.


Dairy Crest announced a year ago that milk&more had chosen The Prince’s Countryside Fund as an official charity partner. As well as raising money for the charity the milkmen have also been busy promoting the fantastic work carried out by the Fund to their 650,000 doorstep customers.


Mark Allen, Dairy Crest’s CEO and a trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said, “I am delighted that our doorstep customers have dug deep to help the vital work the Fund carries out to help protect our countryside and rural communities. Having worked with the Fund for a long time, I know £50,000 will make a real difference to their programmes. I would like to thank all of our customers, milkmen and the milk&more team for their part in what has been a tremendously successful campaign.”


Claire Saunders, Director, The Prince’s Countryside Fund said “This fantastic achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the huge support we’ve received from the whole milk&more team and the incredible generosity of their customers. The countryside is one of our most valuable national assets and the donations we’ve received from milk&more customers will enable us to provide much needed support to the people across the UK that are working tirelessly to secure a sustainable future for our rural communities for future generations.”


Dairy Crest’s doorstep delivery service milk&more is celebrating the British tradition of the milkman by launching a national competition to find milk&more’s Milkman of the Year. Voting can be done in one of three ways; via the milk&more leaflets, as supplied by your local milkman, online at or on the milk&more Facebook page, . Voting closes on the 12th September and the results will be announced in November.



Beko and Barnardos charity partnership


Beko donates £75K to their charity partner Barnardos.


Beko has presented its chosen charity partner Barnardo’s with a donation for £75,000.


The cheque was presented to Forbes Mutch, Head of Partnership Development at Barnardo’s, by Senior Marketing Manager for all brands at Beko plc Alexandra Boon and Beko Brand Manager Shalika Hooda.


Over the past two years, Beko has donated, delivered and installed more than 120 brand new appliances to children and their families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them.


The company partnered with Barnardo’s in 2013 and said it is committed to helping raise awareness and funds to support the work the charity does to help UK families. Further fundraising activity planned for this year included a London to Paris Sponsored Bike Ride which commenced on the 15th July.


Barnardo’s Forbes Mutch said: “Our relationship with Beko is a great example of where a partnership can work on many different levels, with the company providing cookers and fridges for disadvantaged families, while the staff have been raising funds to support our work and organising activities for vulnerable children. We really appreciate the commitment of everyone at Beko and look forward to continuing our work together.”


“We are moved and delighted to hear that the Beko home appliances we have donated to Barnardo’s services are making such a difference to the lives of children and families supported by the charity. It is a joy to help families and make their lives that little bit easier,” said Beko’s Alexandra Boon.



One Stop raises over £40000 for Action Medical Research

One Stop customers and colleagues helped to raise an amazing £40,000 to save and change children’s lives during a collection for Action Medical Research in May.

The campaign saw some 770 One Stop stores around the country place Paddington-themed collection boxes on their countertops to raise vital funds for the fourth year running. CEO Tony Reed also took part in the 12th Barking Badgers Tour organised by Action Medical Research and completed a gruelling 234 miles.

The generosity of customers, combined with workers’ fundraising efforts, has helped to bring the total raised for Action Medical Research by the retail convenience business to more than £140,000 since 2012.

Tony Reed, Chief Executive of One Stop, says: “I am extremely proud of the achievements of our colleagues and customers have made in raising such a fantastic sum of money for Action Medical Research. At One Stop we continue to focus on community activities that matter to those that live in our local neighbourhoods and this year’s total has really exceeded our expectations.”

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. Medical research can save and change children’s lives yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.

The charity, which has Paddington BearTM as its mascot, currently has more than £11 million invested in the work of more than 230 top researchers working on over 75 projects across the UK, supporting work around childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Toby Tennant, Head of Relationship Fundraising at the children’s charity, says: “We are so grateful to all of the One Stop stores around the country who pulled together to raise this fantastic amount of money – staff really went the extra mile by holding raffles and fun days.

“It is an amazing achievement and every pound raised this year will go towards helping to save and change the lives of sick children throughout the UK.”