Health Shield donate a healthy sum to beating bowel cancer

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Charitable employees at Health Shield – the award-winning health cash plan provider – donated more than £8,000 to Beating Bowel Cancer UK after a year of fundraising events in aid of the national charity.

In a bid to fight bowel cancer, staff have raised more than £4,000 in 2013, which Health Shield has matched – resulting in a total contribution by the Friendly Society of £8,008 to the charity. In total, over £16,000 has been donated to Beating Bowel Cancer UK.

Rachel Thomas, community fundraiser for Beating Bowel Cancer’s North West division, was presented with a cheque for the full amount at Health Shield’s headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire.

In September, the Health Shield team participated in a gruelling triathlon, which saw 37 participants swim 500 metres, cycle 20 kilometres and run 5 kilometres. Other team members organised fundraising events, such as cake sales and office dress-down days, to show their support for the cause. A number of employees also took part in ‘Decembeard’ last month – a new event organised by the charity.

Rachel said: “We’re delighted that Health Shield chose Beating Bowel Cancer as its charity of the year. Its generous donation will allow us, through our nurse hotline, to fund life-saving research and provide support to those who are affected by bowel cancer in the UK and raise awareness of the symptoms of this disease.”

The charity was chosen by the Friendly Society in honour of Health Shield’s finance director – Maxine Wilson – who was diagnosed with bowel cancer and has been fighting the disease over the past 12 months.

Jonathan Burton, chief executive at Health Shield, said: “It’s wonderful that we’ve been able to donate such a substantial sum to an extremely worthy cause. The whole team at Health Shield has supported the fundraising efforts with great enthusiasm and commitment, and we hope to raise even more for the charity in 2014.”

Beating Bowel Cancer is a UK charity which provides information and support to those affected by the disease. It also works tirelessly to raise awareness of bowel cancer, ensuring that more lives are saved through early diagnosis.