Firms back cancer fund

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another two firms have pledged their support to a leading cancer charity by signing up to be part of The Star Business Challenge.

The Star has joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support as it celebrates it centenary year to appeal for companies to raise money over the next six months.

There are now 44 firms signed up, who have the challenge of raising at least £100,000 this year to support the charity’s work with cancer patients and their families.

The latest recruits are the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria hotel in the city centre and the Sheffield branch of the Lucozade Powerleague – a five and seven-a-side football league based in Stadium Way, Attercliffe.

Steven Vandevelde, general manager of the Royal Victoria, said: “We’ve known about Macmillan’s work and have done things to support them in the past.

“Unfortunately a member of our team was diagnosed with cancer last year so it’s now very personal to us.

“This seems the best way to support a great cause. Macmillan is a charity which offers comfort and understanding.”

He and the team hope to raise between £1,000 and £2,000 through collections, cake sales, a staff barbecue and a coffee morning.

Alex Carratt, manager of the Powerleague, said they would be organising a series of tournaments – each of which they hope will raise between £250 and £300.

They are also hoping a quarterley ‘Crossbar Challenge’ – where strikers pay £1 per go – and prize raffle will raise even more cash.

He said: “Macmillan is a great charity that helps thousands of people overcome and deal with such a difficult challenge – a challenge I have experienced within my own family. Everyone associated with Macmillan Cancer Support deserves our help in any way possible.”

The first tournament – called the Macmillan Centenary Cup – takes place on Thursday, August 25, at 6.30pm. Teams are invited to take part with entry costing £40 per side.

Call 0114 2617000 for more information and to sign up

n Call Rob Turner or Steve Loane on 01246 810301 to join The Star Business Challenge.