Impressive start for The Star's cancer campaign

A STAR-backed campaign to help a leading cancer charity celebrate its centenary year with a fundraising bang has got off to an impressive start - with 23 companies pledging to sign up and take part.

The Star Business Challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support is appealing for 100 or more local firms to help them raise 100,000 to mark their milestone anniversary.

They can help in a host of different ways - from staff members organising or taking part in fundraising events, to encouraging support for Macmillan from their customers, or making a one-off donation.

In the week since our campaign launched 23 South Yorkshire firms have taken up the challenge - covering everything from hairdressers to hotels and supermarkets to shopping centres.

Among them is Sheffield law firm Nabarro LLP.

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 as our nominated charity.

"The fact that they help people on such a personal level meant a lot to us, and it was great to know that, whilst they are a massive national charity, the money we raise can be designated to specifically help people affected by cancer in the Sheffield.

"Corporate social responsibility has been a big thing for businesses over the last few years but it is much more than that, it is about doing your bit for society.

"Having people from every level of the organisation working together for deserving causes is very fulfilling and helps to break down barriers and build internal working relationships. It is also lots of fun!"

Their main event of the year will be the annual charity ball in May, while a large group of employees are also due to take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon the same month in support of Macmillan.

Chris said they would also be supporting the flagship World's Biggest Coffee Morning event in September.

They planned to 'Go Green for Halloween' to raise even more money later in the year.

Steve Loane, area fundraising manager for Macmillan, added: "Our centenary is more than just a birthday.

"It's a chance to go the extra mile.

"We really need lots of people to get involved. So if your workplace or local pub can help support the Business Challenge, or if you can fundraise or volunteer during our centenary, it would be brilliant to hear from you."

Email to sloane@macmillan.org.uk or call 01246 810301 for more information about how you can help support the campaign.

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