Image above: Leyland DIY store, Chiswick High Rd
The decorating and DIY chain Leyland SDM has handed over a bumper cheque for £111,683 to Macmillan Cancer Support after fundraising events across its 32 London stores.
A significant proportion of that amount – £50,000 – was raised through the company’s ‘Do it For London’ campaign, which encouraged customers to donate at least £1 when buying products at the end of last year.
Customers in the Chiswick High Rd store were amongst the most generous, contributing £2,263.
Macmillan said the donation would help them to continue to support cancer care professionals and the thousands of Londoners with cancer who may have faced disruption to their treatment or appointments due to the pandemic.
Jonathan Jennings, CEO at Leyland SDM, said:
“We are delighted to be able to make this huge donation to Macmillan, which is the result of three campaigns run across our stores.
“The generosity of our customers has been astounding and we are extremely grateful to them for getting involved so wholeheartedly. It’s a cause which is clearly very close to people’s hearts.
“Over the course of the year, we have had the pleasure of meeting people who have been helped by Macmillan, as well as Macmillan representatives, and it’s been humbling and inspiring to hear their stories.
Images above: Macmillan cancer support charity
Covid caused major disruption to cancer care services
Macmillan is the UK’s leading cancer support charity, with an ambition to do whatever it takes to help people with cancer live life as fully as possible. Covid-19 has put enormous physical and mental strain on people living with cancer, many of whom have experienced isolation, anxiety and even disruption to their treatment.
Robert Moon, Head of Relationship Fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“We are extremely grateful to Leyland SDM and its generous customers for this tremendous donation.
“The coronavirus crisis has created major disruption to cancer services in the UK, leaving many people facing an anxious and uncertain time whilst waiting for their treatment and care to resume. Concerns about delays in receiving treatment, alongside increased emotional distress and financial uncertainty have left many feeling desperately anxious and alone.
“Macmillan’s Online Community gives people living with cancer the opportunity to connect with experts, share their experiences and find emotional and practical support from others in a similar situation. The Online Community can be used anonymously, in confidence and from the comfort of home and Leyland SDMs incredible support could help run the Macmillan Cancer Support Online Community forum for eight and a half months.”
Anyone in need of cancer support can call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, which is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, or visit Macmillan’s Online Community. Those who are experiencing cancer symptoms should contact their GP as a matter of urgency.
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