A property company and hotel are among 11 businesses and organisations which have pledged to support Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) throughout 2020.
Goadsby, the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel, Beyond Retail, Buzz Bingo and Amigo Loans, as well as Linkedinlocal Bournemouth & Poole, Moni Boutique, Vena Cava Design, the women’s friendship groups Tangent Bournemouth, Tangent Bournemouth No 1 and the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, have named DCCF as their charity of the year.
All will dedicate proceeds from their next 12 months’ fundraising to the charity, which provides cash grants for people to pay for much-needed specialist equipment, short breaks and also housing and living costs.
Eve Went, who helped found DCCF five years ago following her own battle with cancer, said: “We are ecstatic that these businesses and groups have pledged their help.
“DCCF is making a real difference to the lives of cancer patients here in Dorset every day, but this is only possible through the hard work and commitment of our supporters.
“Every penny raised by them is delivered swiftly to a person or family who needs it – Already this year we have paid the transport costs to and from Southampton Hospital for a family whose son has a rare form of cancer and also enabled them to stay near his bedside.
“The companies’ help will mean even more grants for even more people.”
Independent estate agency Goadsby is supporting DCCF for a third consecutive year.
In 2019, events included a cycle from Southampton to Paris, raising over £3000 for DCCF.
CEO David Errington said: “We are all very proud to support DCCF as one of our three chosen charities for 2020. We have raised £8,500 to date for DCCF.
“Sadly, most of us have been touched by cancer in some way, but DCCF makes a real difference to people across Dorset who are struggling because of it.
“We will be throwing ourselves into our fundraising this year, coming up with even more exciting ways to raise even more money.”
As well as planning a range of fundraising events for DCCF, staff at Bournemouth’s Highcliff Marriott Hotel have also volunteered to carry out simple DIY work for cancer patients. The hotel also hosted a DCCF grant recipient over Christmas for a complimentary one night stay.
Hotel engineer Andrew Moore said: “The hotel has really embraced DCCF and kicked off with a 24-hour run/cycle/rowing event, raising over £300.
“It’s both humbling and inspiring to know we are helping local people through such difficult times.”
AFC Bournemouth Chairman and DCCF Patron Jeff Mostyn said: “I had the pleasure of meeting members of all of these businesses and groups at a recent DCCF event and was touched by their enthusiasm and commitment to helping us.
“I thank them with all my heart and look forward to hearing about their fundraising successes for the charity in 2020.”
To support DCCF in 2020, or to find out how the charity can help you or someone you know, please click here.