Cherwell Christmas 2020 Fundraising

By Gill Power

Over the 2020 Christmas period, staff at Cherwell Laboratories have managed to raise funds for selected charities. After a particularly challenging year for all, it was great to be able to pass on some good cheer. Especially as so many charities have seen a significant decrease in donations, mainly due to the cancellation of fund-raising events due to COVID-19 restrictions.

We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the Cherwell team for their fund-raising efforts, particularly those who donated prizes for the Christmas raffle and those who bought raffle tickets. The Christmas raffle raised £187.

As in previous years, the company matched the amount raised and then rounded it up to make £500. On top of this, Cherwell donated an additional £500 in lieu of sending Christmas cards to customers and suppliers. This makes the total value raised to £1,000, which will be split equally between the two chosen charities.

Ordinarily, the charities are picked by Cherwell staff. This year, in memory of our founder, Lawrence Whittard, who sadly passed away in September, we will be supporting the following charities, who will each receive £500:

Thames Valley Air Ambulance – a charity providing emergency medical services by air and land to patients within the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Their paramedics, doctors and pilots are highly trained and ready for any eventuality. Working together as a team, they give patients the best chance when the worst happens. Their iconic helicopter is now backed up by critical care response vehicles, allowing them to reach even more people.

Cancer Research UK – their vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. The charity funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. They also provide cancer information to the public. A number of bodies work together to ensure that they make the best use of the funds they receive and continue to carry out world-class research. While their policy development team develops evidence-based policy to inform Government decisions related to cancer and research.



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