Charity work is integral to everything we do here at 4Com, and it didn’t stop in 2021. We are extremely proud to announce that we have donated over £25,000 to Cancer Research UK this year.
Cancer Research UK fund scientists, doctors, and nurses to help beat cancer. In 2020/2021, the charity raised £582 million, of which £421 million was spent on new and ongoing research projects. For every £1 donated to the charity, 87p is available to beat cancer.
There is a personal connection to our fundraising for Cancer Research UK as 4Com Director Ben Standish was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in October 2019. You can read more about Ben’s story, in his own words, by clicking here.
Alongside our regular fundraising activities, a team of dedicated runners took on the Bournemouth Half Marathon and Ben completed his own Virtual London Marathon in October. These two events combined raised an incredible £23,400 via JustGiving, 4Com staff salary donations, and match-funding from The 4Com Foundation.
For those who wanted to get involved without lacing up their trainers and pounding the pavements, 4Com took part in Football Shirt Friday at the end of November raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund. The fund was set up by Stephanie Moore MBE after her husband, Bobby Moore, died of bowel cancer aged 51. The Bobby Moore Fund is part of Cancer Research UK and specifically raises money for pioneering bowel cancer research; since its inception the fund has raised over £28 million.
Not only did Ben do an incredible job of completing the Virtual London Marathon raising a huge amount of money in the process, but to increase the profile of Football Shirt Friday he interviewed England Football Captain Harry Kane for Sport Bible! The two spoke about Ben’s cancer journey and his aim to promote cancer awareness for younger people and the symptoms it may have. You can watch Ben’s brilliant interview with England legend Harry Kane by clicking here.
However, it doesn’t stop there! Ben also took part in a radio interview for talkSPORT with Jim White and Simon Jordan where they discussed his story and the importance of raising awareness for bowel cancer. Click here to listen to the radio interview from 20 minutes in.
Our participation in Football Shirt Friday resulted in £1,8122 donated by generous 4Com staff and match-funding by The 4Com Foundation.
We were honoured to have Charlie Squires from Cancer Research UK visit our Bournemouth office earlier this month to accept a cheque on behalf of the charity. Dean Cartledge, Chief Operations Officer and Head of The 4Com Foundation, along with some of the team who took part in the Bournemouth Half Marathon, Football Shirt Friday, and of course Ben Standish, were all present to hand over the cheque.
4Com are delighted to have raised over £25,000 in 2021 for Cancer Research UK, all thanks to the generosity of our employees, families, and friends. Since 2014, The 4Com Foundation has donated over £350,000 to local and national charities.
To find out more about Cancer Research UK, visit their website by clicking here.