Independent builders merchant MKM has raised £8062 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, which raises money for research into bowel cancer.
The 36 branches sold World Cup flags for a £2 donation and held in-store fundraising events.
MKM’s Darlington branch raised the most funds, collecting a total of £1000. Tony Walton, MKM Darlington’s branch director, says: “The team is really pleased that they managed to raise the most funds out of the whole company. We held lots of events over the World Cup period such as raffles and lucky dips which involved our staff, customers and suppliers. In fact, some of our suppliers made generous donations so I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their help.”
Lindsay Kay, Cancer Research UK’s Area Volunteer Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at MKM for their fantastic fundraising effort. By using the excitement around the 2010 World Cup to remember one of football’s heroes, Bobby Moore, who sadly died of bowel cancer, they successfully encouraged both staff and customers to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund.
“Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK after breast and lung cancer, with almost 100 people diagnosed with the disease every day. But when bowel cancer is found early more than nine out of ten people will survive the disease for more than five years. The money raised for the Bobby Moore Fund is spent on high-quality bowel cancer research carried out by leading scientists working across the UK. It also helps raise public awareness of the disease, its symptoms and prevention.”
MKM’s Chief Executive, David Kilburn says: “We want to extend our thanks to all of the MKM employees and customers who helped to make our latest fundraising initiative a great success. We are delighted to have raised such a significant amount for the Bobby Moore Fund – the response from our customers was fantastic!”