Ordnance Survey staff have been selling doughnuts, planting bulbs and even swapping clothes in a £20,000 fundraising effort for Marie Curie Cancer Care in Southampton.
Marie Curie Cancer Care is in need of funds to pay for nurses in the city to care for terminally ill people in their homes.
Ordnance Survey started a fundraising campaign for the charity towards the end of 2010. And staff rose to the challenge by baking, selling and raffling their way to £20,000 – the equivalent a new Marie Curie Cancer Care nurse.
Elaine Owen, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Ordnance Survey, said:
“I am delighted that our staff raised so much money for an organisation that provides such an important service in the local community.
“I hope this money will make a real difference to the lives of terminally ill people in Southampton, many of whom rely on the care and support offered for free by Marie Curie Cancer Care.”
Wendy Savage, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, said:
“Everyone at Ordnance Survey has been amazing over the past year fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care. We would particularly like to mention Julie Sellers and Elaine Owen who have organised fantastic events throughout the time, engaging all of the employees in one way or another, even it if meant them eating yet more cake!
“We have been very fortunate to benefit from all their hard work and have enjoyed meeting many members of staff throughout the year. Many of them had actually benefited from our care and had first hand knowledge of the service we provide. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind support of the Southampton Nursing Appeal, it is very much appreciated”
During the Ordnance Survey fundraising campaign, activities included: Hosting a ‘Blooming Great Tea Party’ for local community groups with cakes donated by staff Cake and doughnut sales and raffles A cook book sale featuring favourite recipes nominated by staff A nearly new clothes swap Daffodil bulb planting in the grounds of Explorer House A Christmas Fayre.