Gosport firm smashes 8k target for Macmillan Cancer Support

Richard Harper, Gary Strickland-Smith and Kim Appleby.
Richard Harper, Gary Strickland-Smith and Kim Appleby.

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A COMPANY has raised more than £8,000 for a cancer charity.

Aerial Direct, based in Gosport, raised the cash in just six months.

Staff have been fundraising through a range of activities, with £8,636 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The company’s team held a charity quiz at Tiger Tiger, one person even shaved their beard and a doughnut sale also helped.

The fundraising culminated with the Great South Run in October, with 24 staff successfully completing the course.

One runner from the firm, Kristie Rees, said: ‘I’m not just doing it for my own accomplishment, but a great cause.

‘When Aerial Direct said they wanted to run for Macmillan I was all for it as my nan was cared for at one of their hospices. They offered so much support for my family.’

Fellow runner, Natalie Ward, added: ‘I signed up to the Great South Run because we chose to run for Macmillan. My dad passed away in March because he lost his battle with cancer. The help and support he received from a number of charities, including Macmillan, was amazing.’

Kim Appleby, fundraising manager for Hampshire said: ‘We are so grateful to the team at Aerial Direct for all the fantastic events they have put on to date.

‘I have been amazed at all the effort and donations they have achieved. The money raised by Aerial Direct will make a huge difference to people affected by cancer locally.

‘We want to ensure that no one faces cancer alone by delivering more services for people including financial support through our benefits advisors based in CAB and community settings across Hampshire, financial advice and advisors on our support line.

‘It is thanks to people like the team at Aerial Direct that we are able to achieve all this. Please get in touch with Macmillan if you need support or would like to get involved and help us reach even more people affected by cancer.’