JM Glendinning group has hit its charity fundraising target of £45k, raised during its 45th anniversary year.

The group, which employs 135 people across six offices in Yorkshire, the North East and Midlands, has raised a total of £45,274 throughout 2018, which has been shared between five selected charities.

Representatives from Alzheimer’s Society; the Leeds Cancer Centre appeal; Yorkshire Air Ambulance; Sue Ryder Wheatfields and Manorlands hospices; and Bradley Lowery Foundation met with the JM Glendinning fundraising team this week to receive the donations.  The charities were chosen by employees as the areas in which the charities work have affected people close to them and some have supported loved ones at times when most needed.

Julie Moody, director of communications and income generation at Leeds Cares, the charity supporting the Leeds Cancer Centre, says: “We are grateful to JM Glendinning’s staff and supporters for their incredible hard work in raising this amazing £45,000 for good causes across the North. We were thrilled to accept the donation of £9,000 which will contribute to the Leeds Cancer Centre MR Simulator Appeal. The MR Simulator is a state-of-the-art machine which will transform the way treatment is delivered to radiotherapy patients at the Leeds Cancer Centre.”

Julie Lee, community fundraiser at Alzheimer’s Society, says: “Alzheimer’s Society is here to support everyone affected by dementia. Thanks to this kind donation from JM Glendinning we will be able to continue to support even more people living with the disease. There are around 850,000 people with some form of dementia in the UK.”

JM Glendinning Group MD Nick Houghton says: “It was fantastic to meet the charities and to hear about how the donations will help their work. I’m extremely proud of our achievements and of our staff for their involvement in the fundraising challenges. We’re very grateful for their support, and support from friends, suppliers and customers, in helping us to reach our target.”

Events included a charity golf day; a black-tie ball; charity go-karting and tenpin bowling. A number of staff also opted for salary sacrifice for dress-down Fridays, others arranged quiz nights and bake-offs and some set themselves physical challenges. In addition, David Fryer and Jane Haddon from the York office completed a 282-mile cycling challenge from France to the UK as part of the Pedal 4 Pounds challenge to raise money towards the group fundraising initiative.