30/08/2002

FSB back Macmillan Cancer Relief charity

One of the UK’s largest organisations representing business, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has chosen Macmillan Cancer Relief to be its first-ever national charity.

The FSB has over 170,000 company members who will be encouraged to support Macmillan over the next two years.

FSB Chairman John Emmins said: “We formed the partnership with Macmillan Cancer Relief following overwhelming support from the FSB directors. Our members are also keen to support Macmillan for both the business benefits - such as increased PR - as well as personal reasons. This is the first time that the FSB has been in partnership with a charity and we are very much looking forward to the events planned over the next two years."

The new partnership is being managed by Macmillan’s Groups & Associations (G&A) department, which works with membership organisations.

Samantha Corfield, G&A Development Manager, Macmillan Cancer Relief, said: “We are delighted to have the support of the FSB, the largest lobbying organisation for small businesses. It is a fantastic example of a large federation entering into a long term, mutually beneficial partnership with Macmillan.

“Fundraising with such a vast and diverse organisation, whose members represent virtually all walks of business, brings its own unique set of challenges and opportunities for both parties. This is precisely the kind of fundraising that Macmillan’s Groups & Associations team specialises in.”

Fundraising activities are said to be well underway, with UK-wide initiatives such as Macmillan’s flagship fundraising event the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, as well as a number of regional and member activities.

The money raised will help Macmillan provide the expert care and practical and emotional support that can make a real difference to people living with cancer.

(SP)

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