Pallet-Track nominates Children with Cancer UK as its 2015 charity

Staff and customers at Wolverhampton-based logistics specialists Pallet-Track are aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Children with Cancer UK, a leading charity that focuses upon research into preventing and curing childhood cancers.

The nomination of Children with Cancer UK as Pallet-Track’s 2015 charity follows a successful 2014 campaign, as the award-winning company celebrated its 10th anniversary by raising £8,000 for CLIC Sargent – another charity that supports children and their families facing terminal illness.

The money was raised at Pallet-Track’s corporate golf day, its forklift driver challenge and its gala dinner held at Celtic Manor last November. In addition, staff at the company’s main hub in Millfields Road raised a further £338 from ‘Wig Wednesday’ when they paid to come to work wearing outlandish hair pieces.

The company is planning more corporate and staff events this year to support Children with Cancer UK, which was founded in 1988 opposite Great Ormond Street Hospital with Princess Diana as its patron and raises an average of £12 million each year.

In the West Midlands, the charity provided £1 million to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital build a new cancer unit as part of their Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal. Part of the new centre will be the Paul O’Gorman building, named after the son of Eddie and Marion O’Gorman, the founders of Children with Cancer UK.

The unit is the principal treatment centre delivering regional haematology and oncology services to the population of the West Midlands and beyond which over the last three years handled more than 14,000 in and outpatient appointments.

The charity’s donation will help the hospital to upgrade its facilities with more comfortable treatment areas, a greater number of consulting rooms, an age-appropriate play zone and improved outpatient and communal areas for families.

Brooke Parson, corporate partnership assistant for Children with Cancer UK, visited Pallet-Track last week. She said: “Around 3,600 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. Our aims are to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with the disease. We are extremely grateful to companies such as Pallet-Track because they provide significant investment into our research to defeat childhood cancers.”

Nigel Parkes said: “Every year we adopt a charity and all of our fund raising efforts go toward supporting the aims and objectives of that organisation. Cancer is a horrible disease and it is made more hideous by its indiscriminate targeting among children and its consequential impact upon entire families. Last year we supported CLIC Sargent in its work and this year we are continuing a theme by supporting Children with Cancer UK. It is only through research that we can ultimately hope to defeat cancer in all its guises.

“In addition, we have always raised money through MUFTI Day, when staff donate £1 to come to work in casual clothes on a Friday. Last year we raised £1200 which was split equally between the local British Heart Foundation and Dudley MIND,” he added.