Rothesay-Paris ‘bike ride’ helps Webhelp smash charity target

Webhelp UK staff in Rothesay and across the UK helped raise more than �27,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support during 2014.
Webhelp UK staff in Rothesay and across the UK helped raise more than �27,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support during 2014.

A year-long fund-raising drive which started with a virtual bike ride from Rothesay to Paris and back has ended with the donation of a cheque for more than £27,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The company behind the donation is Webhelp UK, the customer experience management company which operates on Bute and at nine other sites across the UK.

Webhelp’s staff raised a total of £27,705.80 for Macmillan, the firm’s chosen charity partner for 2014, through a series of special events including dressing up, dressing down, quiz nights, a ‘onesie walk’ and participation in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

The company’s chief executive, David Turner, also pledged £1,000 from his annual Christmas card appeal and a further £1,000 from each of the firm’s UK sites.

The total raised comfortably beat the company’s target of £23,000.

April Davidson, Macmillan’s regional fundraising manager, said: “The dedication and enthusiasm of Webhelp’s staff has really left an impression on all of our regional fundraisers and the amazing total raised has surpassed all of our expectations.

“The funds will go towards ensuring that no one has to face cancer alone. Without the help of partners like Webhelp UK we would simply not be able to achieve this”

Beverley Lambert, Head of Human Resources at Webhelp UK, said: “There are currently two million people living with cancer in the UK and statistics indicate this number is due to double by 2030. It is estimated that every diagnosis affects 44 other people including family, friends and colleagues.

“Charitable contribution is a key part of our company ethos and the work that MacMillan Cancer support does really inspired us to go above and beyond. Beating the target we set last year is a testament to the hard work of staff from all of our sites.”

On the back of the partnership’s success, Webhelp announced its charity for 2015 will be Cancer Research UK.