Managed pub and bar operator TCG has smashed through the half-way point of £35,000 in its fundraising for Cancer Research UK, following six months of activity from teams in its 75 sites and at head office. The company has pledged to raise 70,000 in total for the charity by February 2014.
Chief operating officer Nigel Wright said, “We’re pleased to have raised this sum and confident we are on track to meet our target. Our teams have embraced the challenge with enthusiasm and ingenuity and we are grateful to each and every one of them who has contributed, either by getting involved in a fundraising event in their pub or bar, or completing a physical feat in aid of the charity.”
Fundraising activities have included music festivals, quiz nights and gala evenings, as well as the simple but effective ‘bucket collections’ on Bank Holidays and other high-traffic days. Pubs and bars in London joined forces for a ‘Caterpillar Walk’ which saw 20 staff members dress in pink and conga through the city.
Staff have also have walked, run, cycled and hiked, with many female team members completing one of Cancer Research UK’s women-only ‘Race for Life’ runs. Few, however, can beat the stamina shown by Dan Henry, general manager at the Steam Passage in Islington, who in the space of five days cycled 200km and ran a full and a half-Marathon to raise over £1,000.
The next ‘big event’ for TCG’s fundraising drive will be the ‘Ops Challenge’ involving Wright and his team of regional operations managers, who will complete a ‘walking Marathon’ round their 16 central London sites over two days next month. Last year, the Ops Team held a ‘Cycle-a-thon’ on the Tattershall Castle ‘floating pub’, and raised over £10,000.
Sian Billingsley, Senior Local Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK said, “We’re absolutely delighted that TCG staff have already managed to raise such an impressive amount to support the pioneering work of Cancer Research UK. We receive no government funding so the support of people like the staff at TCG is absolutely critical in helping us to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has fundraised towards this total so far.”
Caption: staff from TCG’s London sites on the iconic Abbey Road crossing, as part of a ‘caterpillar walk’ for Cancer Research UK
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Notes to editors
· TCG operates a diverse estate of 75 managed pubs and bars nationwide.
· The business has a strong foothold in London, with high-profile sites such as the flagship Tattershall Castle floating bar and restaurant on the Embankment.
· The estate stretches across the country from Aberdeen to Newquay, and from Cardiff to Norwich. It includes late night bars, community and sports locals, student venues and quality town centre pubs, as well as a number of trading formats, such as the Henry’s Café Bar brand, Eerie Pubs and the King’s Feast food concept.
Cancer Research UK
· Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research
· The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
· Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
- Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
- Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
- Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.