TJ supports Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

TJ is committed to supporting Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraising event which takes place at the end of September every year to raise money for the charity, which focuses on cancer care.

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. It also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care.

This year’s event took place on Friday 25 September at TJ’s headquarters in Fareham, Hampshire. The company raised £167 thanks to tasty donations from many of the staff. There were homemade chocolate brownies, handmade cupcakes, a lemon drizzle cake, a range of shortbread and a great selection of Mr Kipling.

TJ’s Purchase Ledger, Elaine Stenning organised the event with the help of fellow employees Barbara Goode and Sarah Mace. Elaine coordinated the cake donations on the day and set up the stall in the admin office, a place accessible to all staff and where social distancing could be observed.

Elaine said:

“I like to get involved with this event as I think cancer has touched everyone’s lives in some way, so I like to do my part and raise money for them. The fact that it also involves baking is a bonus as it’s one of my favourite things to do along with watching Bake Off!”

In addition to this, TJ also gets involved in other fundraising for various charities. A monthly ‘dress down day’ is held, whereby staff pay a £2.50 donation to wear casual clothes for the day. The funds raised are donated to a different charity each quarter.

Even with the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic this year, hundreds of pounds have still been raised. This money has been donated to the Stroke Association, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the British Heart Foundation.

The Stroke Association supports people to rebuild their lives after stroke. They believe everyone deserves to live the best life possible. We provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland, and their seasonal lifeguards look after people on busy beaches. Their Flood Rescue Team helps those affected by flooding. As well as saving lives – over 142,700 lives saved since 1824 – they also influence, supervise and educate people too.

The British Heart Foundation funds over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them including heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes. Heart and circulatory diseases kill 1 in 4 in the UK, which is why their work is as urgent and vital as ever.

The dress down day idea was thought up by TJ’s Accounts Administrator, Sarah Mace, who wanted to do something that would enable staff to pull together to make a difference to charities that rely on fundraising to continue their valuable work.

Find out more about TJ, the CSR they get involved in and the services they offer.

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Luke Haskell
5 October 2020