Why we’re joining Macmillan in the fight against cancer

Craig Hall
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“No-one facing cancer should walk alone.” Words like that are why I’m so excited to announce our brand new charity partner: Macmillan.

macmillan-in-partnership-with-logo-3000px-flatWhen our employees voted on who our next partner should be, Macmillan won by a landslide. 39% of voters opted to choose it.

Such a resounding decision speaks volumes about the importance of Macmillan to people within Fujitsu.

One in every two people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime.

That figure is staggering. Cancer impacts all of us – even if we don’t get it ourselves, at some point we’ll definitely know somebody who does.

So it’s easy to see why a charity like Macmillan means so much to people.

In fact, several people have contacted me since we announced the partnership internally saying how natural the connection between our two organisations is.

They told me stories about how Macmillan has already supported their friends or their colleagues in some way.

So as you can imagine they were very keen to get involved and start raising money!

The story so far…

With the Christmas period fast approaching we’ve been busy raising funds for our new charity partner, and the teams here at Fujitsu have definitely done us proud.

We kicked off our Give an Hour campaign, where employees have the chance to donate one, two or three hours of their salary to help those affected by cancer, and we’ve already had an incredibly generous response.

We’ve also been sending out Christmas care hampers to local Macmillan centres, packed full of essential items like toiletries, warm clothes and Christmas-themed gifts.

On top of all this there’s been loads of fundraising activity going on across our business, from Christmas Jumper Day to our ‘fastest wrapper’ competition and ‘wear something green to work’ day.

One story that really touched me was a female Fujitsu employee who went as far as shaving her head in return for donations – £1,600 to be precise!

We’ve already raised a significant amount of money for Macmillan in the couple of months we’ve been partners, and we’ll be ramping this up in 2017. Much more to come!

This is just the start of what I’m sure will be an incredibly rewarding partnership with Macmillan.

Next year we’ve got some exciting projects to come. I can’t wait to tell you how we’re going to push the boundaries and raise even more money for this hugely important charity.

I just want to say thank you once again to Macmillan and to everyone at Fujitsu who has gone out of their way to help give to those less fortunate. Nothing could make me more proud.

Merry Christmas everyone, and I look forward to bringing you more updates in the New Year.

Now watch this space!

Find out what we achieved with our previous charity partner, Action for Children

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