Briggs Equipment's charitable work attained great heights once again in 2016, as employees pulled out all the stops to raise almost £93,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival of young people with cancer aged 13 to 24. As well as creating specialist units within NHS hospitals, the charity also has expert nursing and support staff, who provide the best possible care and information for patients and their families.
Briggs Equipment's Managing Director Peter Jones said: "Here at Briggs we are committed to supporting charities and communities in need. Last year our employees nominated Teenage Cancer Trust as our charity for 2016 and they've spent the last 12 months making sure we honour our £20,000 pledge to this deserving charity.
"I'm always impressed with our employees' enthusiasm for our fundraising initiatives and the effort everyone is prepared to put in to support our chosen charity. With this donation, which will support the important work carried out by Teenage Cancer Trust, we can help to make a difference to young people affected by cancer and their families."
Staging a series of fun activities throughout 2016, including cycle rides, marathons and bake sales, Briggs employees managed to exceed their £20,000 fundraising target by more than £3,000. The sum was boosted by a contribution from the business and a further donation by Briggs Equipment's parent company Sammons Enterprises, which formed part of Briggs' 10-year anniversary celebrations, saw the final total leap to £92,773.
Teenage Cancer Trust's ambitious goal is that by 2020 every young person with cancer in the UK will have access to specialist support, no matter where they live. To achieve this, it needs to raise in excess of £80m.
Commenting on the donation, Emily Henderson, Teenage Cancer Trust's Regional Fundraiser for the West Midlands, said: "We are absolutely thrilled with the final total raised by Briggs Equipment, which is testament to the team's hard work and dedication. All the staff really got behind our cause, having lots of fun along the way, and we are especially grateful to Sammons Enterprises for its match funding.
"Teenage Cancer Trust relies entirely on donations to fund its work, and right now, for every young person with cancer we can help, there is another we can't. This donation from Briggs Equipment will help us move towards our goal of ensuring that no young person has to face cancer alone."
Following a company-wide survey, the Briggs team nominated Newlife Charity for Disabled Children as its charity partner for 2017. Staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of raising money for the Staffordshire-based charity, which supplies equipment to help disabled and terminally ill children to walk, communicate, sleep safely at night, live with less pain, go to school and interact with friends.
During the past five years Briggs Equipment has donated £300,000 to worthy causes, including Parkinson's UK, MacMillan Cancer Support and Midlands Air Ambulance. The company is also a proud patron of The Prince's Trust.