14 Sep 2018
Staff took part in a range of activities to raise money after United Welsh voted to make Cancer Research Wales their corporate charity.
Cancer Research Wales was a cause that was close to the hearts and minds of many staff after Office Manager Jane Love’s husband Stuart was diagnosed with Myeloid Leukaemia in August 2015.
Jane said: “In true Stuart fashion, he remained strong and courageous over his seven months of treatment, but unfortunately in March 2016, a post-transplant virus took hold and in just nine days proved too much for his immune system.”
Last September, Jane completed a Himalayan trek at the heart of the world’s highest mountain range in Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama.
The trek raised over £3,000 for the charity alone.
Other fundraising efforts by United Welsh staff included a team taking part in the Cardiff-based 10K obstacle course ‘Invncbl’ event and a three-day 185 mile bike ride from north to south Wales.
Jane added: “I’m so thankful for the support from colleagues and friends to raise this huge amount of money for the charity.”
Cancer Research Wales focuses on prevention, early diagnosis and better treatment of cancer to benefit patients in Wales and beyond.
Katie Killoran, Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research Wales said: “The support of organisations like United Welsh enables us to fund some of the most innovative developments in cancer treatment, early diagnosis and cure.
“We’re thrilled by the efforts of United Welsh and the money raised will go a long way in helping us to support more families.
United Welsh has nominated Vision 21 as their 2018 Charity of the Year.
Established in 1986, the charity provides quality environments for people with learning needs to take up work-based training opportunities.
Vision 21 staff deliver catering services at two United Welsh Extra Care schemes, Llys Nant Y Mynydd and Plas Hyfryd, which provide over 90 high quality apartments and communal facilities to older people in Nantyglo and Caerphilly.
Lynda Sagona, Group Chief Executive of United Welsh said: “Our mission at United Welsh is not only to build homes and create communities, but to also make a real difference to people’s lives.
“We see first-hand the difference the learning opportunities make to people supported by Vision 21. We are thrilled to continue to support them with their endeavours through our charity fundraising this year.”
Rob Larkin, Chief Executive for Vision 21 said: “We really value our partnership with United Welsh and are very excited to be chosen as their Charity of the Year for 2018.”