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first direct gets muddy for Maggie’s

04 Apr 2017

first direct took part in the Wild Mud Run to raise funds for charity partner, Maggie’s

A 15 strong team from first direct , took on the mightily muddy Wild Mud Run on Saturday 1 April, in Derbyshire, as the bank continues to raise funds for cancer charity Maggie’s.

Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends. first direct chose Maggie’s as its national at the start of 2016, and since then its people have been really busy with a whole host of fund-raising events for Maggie’s as it seeks funding to build a new Centre in the grounds of St James University Hospital, Leeds.

To date first direct has raised £162,564 and Yorkshire is one area that will be benefitting from their support. The money raised will contribute towards the £5 million  xxx needed to build a new cancer support Centre in Leeds. [FCH1] Once completed, the new Centre the new Maggie’s Centre in Leeds will provide support to anyone affected by cancer acrossin Yorkshire.  

Joe Gordon, Head of first direct , said: ‘Since joining first direct I’ve been bowled over by the passion and dedication of our people, as they look to do everything they can to raise money to help bring this centre to Leeds. Cancer is something that touches so many of us and Maggie’s does amazing work around the country to support those affected by this disease. I’m proud of the selfless work of our people and will to be supporting personally by joining in as many fund-raising activities as I can.”

Ben Feely, Centre Fundraising Manager for Maggie’s Yorkshire, said: “I am overwhelmed by the level of support and commitment we have seen from first direct staff. Thanks to their incredible support, and the amazing amount of money they have raised so far, we are a step closer to making  the new Centre in Leeds a reality. With over 14,000 people diagnosed with cancer each year in Yorkshire, there is a growing need for a Centre like Maggie’s which can make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people affected by cancer and their family and friends.”

Maggie’s Yorkshire will be built in the grounds of St James’s Hospital, a stone’s throw away from the Bexley Wing, home to the St James's Institute of Oncology. It will be a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

How to get involved

If you are inspired to join first direct and support Maggie’s, then there are lots of ways you can get involved.

You could take on a personal challenge, whether that be a 10k run or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro!

Your company can support the campaign by choosing Maggie’s as their Charity of the Year, or you and your colleagues could get together  and ‘Pay for a Day’ at a Maggie’s Centre raising by £2,400 to keep a Centre open for an entire day.  

If you’d like to find out more about our work, or about supporting Maggie’s Yorkshire you can visit our website  or please get in touch with Ben Feely, Centre Fundraising Manager for Maggie’s Yorkshire 07701 395507.

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