Bournemouth based telecommunication company 4Com are celebrating as their Telemarketing Director, Dean Cartledge received a Flame of Hope Award at Cancer Research UK’s annual awards event. The awards celebrate and recognise those who have gone to extraordinary lengths to raise money for Cancer Research UK over the past 12 months.
Dean received the award in recognition of his efforts during the epic “Benali’s Big Run” event which saw Francis Benali run over 1,000 Miles, visiting every Premier League Ground to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Dean was instrumental in both navigating Francis through the run itself and also coordinated 4Com’s involvement. 4Com paid for the logistics such as hotels and travel, meaning more of the funds raised went directly to the charity. They also invited staff to join Francis, running or cycling alongside him throughout the 1,000 mile challenge.
Asked for his thoughts on the award, Dean commented, “It’s a huge honour to be recognised in this way, particularly among so many people who have gone above and beyond to support Cancer Research UK. Franny was obviously the real star of the show, running 1,000 miles is a super-human feat so I’m delighted that he’s been recognised at these awards too. We’re looking forward to seeing what he’s got lined up next and hopefully we can be involved in that as well.”
4Com has become increasingly well known for its charity efforts over the years, to the point they have now created the 4Com Foundation which organises the charitable activities and distributes monies raised to various causes. These causes range from the national, such as Cancer Research UK, to the local such as Linwood School who now have a new playground thanks to 4Com’s efforts.
Asked what their future plans were, Dean continued, “It’s certainly something we’ll continue doing for the foreseeable future. Our staff care about giving something back, and we enjoy making a difference. We’ve already got an idea for our summer charity event which we’re hoping to unveil in the next few weeks.”
Shelly Davies, Senior Local Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK, nominated both Dean and Franny to receive the awards and was delighted they had both been recognised. She added, “The Flame of Hope awards are our annual awards to recognise the great achievers out in our communities. With over 400 nominations, it was great to have Dean receive the Corporate Charity Champion of the Year Award, alongside Franny, who won Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year.”
“Dean went up against the likes of Cancer Research UK’s national partners & was joint winner with the Virgin London Marathon Team, to us, this just showed that he had been recognised for all the support he gave Benali’s Big Run last August.”
“Dean went above and beyond to not only support Franny, but the rest of the team as well and he played a huge part in helping Franny raise over a quarter of a million for our research. It really is thanks to people like Dean and Franny that we can complete our life saving science every year.”