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CRASH Services and JMK Solicitors raise over £55,000 for Cancer Fund for Children

Staff at CRASH Services and JMK Solicitors have donated a total of £55,005.80 to their 2021 charity partner Cancer Fund for Children this December. This is the second year of the partnership with Cancer Fund for Children and over £90,000 has been raised in total over the 2 years. The firms thank the incredible fundraising efforts of their entire teams achieved despite the challenges faced with fundraising during the pandemic restrictions.

Cancer Fund for Children supports children and young people diagnosed with cancer or living with a parent with the disease. They offer support in the home, community, on the hospital ward, and at their residential centre, Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, with the aim that no family faces cancer alone.

Jonathan McKeown, CEO at CRASH Services and Chairman of JMK Solicitors said, “We are delighted to have been able to support Cancer Fund for Children over the past 2 years, which have been a challenging time for all charities across NI. Our activities have not only allowed us to raise funds but also engaged and brought together our people at a time where many of them continue to work remotely.

This year we have continued to get creative with a variety of activities to raise funds. We have hosted fitness challenges, sweepstakes, an easter colouring competition and taken part in the Belfast Half Marathon virtually and in-person full marathon. Most impressive of all was a very well organised and supported cycle from our CRASH depot at Stockman’s Lane, Belfast to our recently opened Derry/Londonderry branch. The event was led by Repair and Fleet Director, Paul Cooney, who was instrumental in bringing a sizeable number of riders along for the trip which raised over £10,000.00 on its own.

Our final activity for 2021 was not for the faint-hearted as 10 team members, including myself in a Santa Suit, abseiled down Belfast Castle! Our kind-hearted staff also opted to join into a monthly salary sacrifice scheme where a regular amount is donated each month going directly to the charity.”

Jonathan added, “With overwhelming support from across our businesses, we have extended our partnership with Cancer Fund for Children again until the end of 2022 to allow us to give more time and resources to this deserving charity and we look forward to working with Phil Alexander, their CEO, and his dedicated team for another year.”

Alex Murdock, Corporate Fundraiser at Cancer Fund for Children commented,

“2021 has been another rollercoaster of a year for us all, and through it all the team at JMK Solicitors and CRASH Services have gone above and beyond once again for Cancer Fund for Children. Raising an outstanding £35,500 in 2020, they have well exceeded this in 2021 with a phenomenal donation of £55,005.80 in support of young people and their families coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis. From raffles and colouring competitions, to marathons, a 120km cycle from Belfast to L/Derry, and salary sacrifices, there has been so much for the team to get involved in.

Finishing the year on a high, I am thrilled to start off 2022 on such a positive note as we continue our amazing partnership for another year, continuing to ensure that no family has to face cancer alone at one of the most difficult and darkest times of their lives. To everyone at JMK and CRASH, thank you so much for your support this year and I cannot wait to continue the journey in 2022!”

If you are feeling inspired and think your organisation would be interested in raising vital funds to support local young people and families impacted by cancer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex Murdock at [email protected] or call 028 9080 5599.