A cheque for over £27,000 was presented to the charity the Teenage Cancer Trust this month by the Builders Merchants Federation, the proceeds of a fundraising auction at the BMF Conference in Budapest.
Presenting the cheque was BMF CEO John Newcomb, BMF events manager June Upton and Christine Harding, the BMF’s former marketing manager, whose grandson Billy received excellent support and care from TCT during his battle with cancer.
A spectacular array of prizes including a Fiat Abarth 595 Tourismo car, auctioned at the BMF Gala Dinner held in Budapest, helped to raise more than £62k for charity. The funds raised from the auction have been shared between Variety, the Children’s Charity and Teenage Cancer Trust, the BMF’s charity of the year.
The Fiat Abarth car donated by Crystal Clear Group; sponsor of the BMF Gala Dinner held in Budapest, was auctioned live by impressionist Jon Culshaw.
Newcomb said: “We hoped to raise an exceptional sum for two very deserving charities and I am unbelievably proud of the industry for achieving even more than we ever imagined. I’m told that this is the highest sum our industry has raised for charity in a single night and I would like to thank everyone who contributed. I must also thank Martin Randall and the Crystal Clear Group whose donation of a limited edition car caught everyone’s imagination and made such a significant contribution to the evening’s overall fundraising.”
Grace Higgins, Teenage Cancer Trust Regional Fundraising Manager West Midlands and Central said: “We are extremely grateful to the BMF and to Crystal Clear Group for their support. This very generous donation will be put to excellent use by Teenage Cancer Trust by helping young people and their families deal with the many ways that cancer can affect a young person’s body, mind and life. Teenage Cancer Trust work in partnership with the NHS to bring young people together so they can support each other, doing it from the moment cancer is diagnosed until long after treatment is over. Right now we can’t offer our support to every young person who needs it, but thanks to donations like this, we are moving a step closer to ensuring no young person faces cancer alone’.