MORE than £45,000 has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support in the first six months of a campaign to celebrate its centenary year - with a further £48,000 pledged.
The Star Business Challenge was launched in January to mark the charity’s milestone anniversary and get 100 companies to raise at least £100,000 for its work.
Forty-two firms have signed up, with a further eight companies set to get on board.
But the charity wants even more people to pledge support over the next six months - to ensure their 100th birthday goes with a bang and they can be there for the 122 people in South Yorkshire told they have cancer each week.
Steve Loane, area fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “We’re so excited about this challenge.
“We have been amazed at how creative people have been raising money for Macmillan. They’ve held parties, dress-down days, balls, raffles, collections, race and band nights. Many have got sponsored to run, walk, play golf, slim or get waxed.
“Some fantastic companies and pubs have already signed up and our local fundraising team is here to help with ideas and merchandise to support everyone that takes part.”
The Star’s editor Jeremy Clifford said: “We have been delighted so far with the response to the Business Challenge to sign up 100 firms to help Macmillan raise an additional £100,000.
“But as we reach the half-way point to the campaign we urge more businesses, large or small, to come on board.
“The campaign only needs you to commit to stage one fundraising idea during the year, whether that be a coffee morning or a bigger idea. So please help to make this a success by joining the campaign. Each company will be featured in The Star.”
Nabarro law firm, one of the companies to have signed up to the challenge, has already smashed its target of £18,000 - donating £20,000.
They still have many events to come, including taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and a ‘Go Green for Halloween’ initiative.
Chris Chambers, a partner from the firm, said: “Almost everyone’s lives are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, so there was great enthusiasm for us to support Macmillan.
“Nabarro are really proud to be supporting Macmillan, particularly in their centenary year.”
n Call Rob Turner or Steve Loane on 01246 810301 or email SLoane@macmillan.org.uk to sign up to the challenge.