Our fundraising superhero Chris reaches £300,000 milestone
13 December 2018
We’re celebrating our Resources Manager Chris Rose who has raised a whopping £300,000 for good causes in his spare time.
Over the past 30 years, he’s raised over £300,000 for causes such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Help for Heroes and Breast Cancer Care – many of which have been supported by our Into Action Scheme, which supports our employees in their fundraising endeavours.
Chris’s fundraising venture began when he needed to raise money for school fees for his daughter, Katy, who has a rare condition called depletion of chromosome 3, which presents itself with both physical and mental difficulties, as well as autism.
“In a bid to raise the £100,000 we needed for Katy to attend the most appropriate special needs school, I organised all sorts of fundraising events such as swimathons and pushing a hospital bed along Eastbourne seafront. When I look back at the enormity of the task, I wonder why I did it. Still, I’d do it all again in a heartbeat”, Chris said.
After this, Chris thought his fundraising days were over, until a visit to the hospital with his wife where they were told the sad news that she had breast cancer. It was at this point he dyed his hair pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. In total, £7,000 was donated to the charity and his wife is currently doing well.
Since then, our fundraising superhero has organised charity golf days, taken part in stand-up comedy nights and sold charity pin badges, among other things.
Chris commented: “I’m not quite sure what comes next, but no doubt something will come along. I’ve received support from SGN’s Into Action Scheme on multiple occasions and I really appreciate the help from all of my wonderful colleagues.”
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