Water firm staff raise £350,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Baking, shaving, waxing, dressing up and dressing down, and a mad Santa Dash, are just some of the crazy ways staff at United Utilities have come up with to raise money for cancer charity, Macmillan.

On World Cancer Day, the Warrington-based company has revealed its imaginative employees have raised close to £350,000 for Macmillan since its staff voted for it to be the company’s charity partner in 2017.

As well as an annual Santa Dash, United Utilities’ employees have also held Macmillan coffee mornings, organised golf days, a Christmas jumper day, taken part in the Macmillan Mighty Hike, run 5K at its Davyhulme treatment works, shaved their heads and even pied some of the company directors.

Louise Beardmore, Customer Service and People Director at United Utilities, explains: “I’m delighted to announce that our employees have once again voted for Macmillan Cancer Support to continue to be our company charity partner.

“I want to say a big thank you to all of our employees for their fundraising efforts to date, reaching £350,000 is such a significant milestone. It’s fantastic that every penny raised helps the communities we serve here in the North West.”

Nicole McIlveen, Fundraising Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said, “We are delighted that United Utilities has chosen to support us for another three years. The pandemic has had a huge impact on people affected with cancer. Many people are still experiencing delays and disruption with their treatment and are not able to get the support they need; and the emotional impact is continuing to take its toll on people already struggling.  We have never needed the support of United Utilities’ staff and customers more than now.”