Gosport company ready to fundraise for Macmillan

Jordan Holloway, 23, from Gosport, shaved his beard off for charity

Jordan Holloway, 23, from Gosport, shaved his beard off for charity

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From running in races to shaving off hair, a company is looking to raise thousands for charity.

Gosport-based Aerial Direct has pledged to raise £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by the end of the year.

It is only through the fantastic support we get from supporters like the team at Aerial Direct that we can be there for people with cancer

Lisa Murphy

A number of fundraisers are due to take place, with the first one already raising more than £2,500 for the cancer charity.

Employee Jordan Holloway decided to shave his beard surrounded by colleagues.

The 23-year-old managed to raise £2,628 thanks to donations from staff and family members.

His long beard was shaved totally off at the company’s site off Quay Lane.

But the biggest event to take place will be on October 25 when staff from Aerial Direct will take part in the Great South Run.

Thirty four employees are going to tackle the 10-mile course in Portsmouth in a bid to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Each is running for their own reasons and many in memory of friends and loved ones.

Lisa Murphy, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Hampshire, says she was grateful for the support from Aerial Direct.

‘No-one should have to face cancer alone,’ she says.

‘It is only through the fantastic support we get from supporters like the team at Aerial Direct that we can be there for people with cancer and their family when they need us most.

‘Sadly the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year.

‘That means Macmillan’s support for people living with cancer is in more demand than ever.

‘Last year we gave financial grants to 453 people living in Hampshire totalling over £131,000.

‘The money was used for everyday items such as heating bills, travel to hospital, clothing and much more.

‘These are people living in your street, community or county who need Macmillan’s support.’

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