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BUSINESSES in Sheffield are being urged to sign up for an Apprentice-style charity challenge to raise funds for cancer sufferers.

The Macmillan Three Month Business Challenge will run from April to June.

Firms will be given £25 each, which they must turn into as much money as possible.

The good cause will use the money as part of its efforts to raise more than £800,000 in Sheffield over the next two years, to fund a range of new services and posts in the city.

Macmillan’s area fundraising manager, Steve Loane, said £25 is enough to pay for one hour of nursing care.

“The number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year, so the support we provide is needed now more than ever,” said Steve.

“That’s why we are asking local businesses to take part in the challenge.

“The great thing about this is that everyone can get involved. Staff can raise money together as a team, or hold their own fundraiser and add it to the company’s total at the end of the three months.”

He added: “Cancer is now the single greatest cause of death in the UK. Over 42 per cent of us will get cancer during our lives and almost one in three of us will die from it.”

Macmillan needs to fund an end-of-life care project team, who will support and care for patients in Sheffield hospitals and care homes, as well as a support nurse who will help colorectal and breast cancer patients.

Steve continued: “Cancer is the toughest fight most people will ever face, and the feelings of isolation and loneliness so many people experience make it even harder, but you don’t have to go through it alone.

“The Macmillan team is there every step of the way. With people’s help we can make sure no-one has to face cancer alone.”

Visit www.macmillan.org.uk/bizchallenge to find out more about the business challenge, email rturner@macmillan.org.uk or call 07545 419 725.

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