Employees at specialist over 50s insurance provider RIAS have voted to support Cancer Research UK as their charity of the year, with an ambitious fundraising target of £20,000.
Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Through its work, millions of lives have been saved by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. The charity's critical work, funded entirely by the public, will help ensure that millions more people survive.
RIAS' 1200 employees will be taking part in a number of challenges planned for 2011, including a sky dive, football tournament, and Cancer Research UK's annual race for life. The programme also includes a wellbeing week, starting on Monday 30 May, encouraging employees to embrace healthy lifestyles, as well as increasing employee awareness of cancer and the importance of regularly checking for any potential early signs and symptoms.
In 2010 RIAS employees donated £24,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support after taking part in a number of fundraising events such as marathons, bike rides, abseils, a fashion show and numerous cake sales. The funds raised could pay for a Macmillan Cancer Nurse Specialist for just over six months or fund, on average, 75 Macmillan grants for people affected by cancer, helping with everything from heating costs at home, to the costs of travelling to hospital, wigs and clothes.