Today marks a fundraising milestone for Sir Robert McAlpine, as we reach £1million raised for Maggie's!
After initially committing to raising that amount over a decade, it has taken just six years to reach the milestone, thanks to the dedication and creative fundraising efforts of our employees, clients, and supply chain partners.
Last month we launched our #MillionforMaggies fundraising campaign in a bid to reach the million. The challenge saw teams of up to 10 people compete over 35 days to walk, run, swim or cycle 770 miles, equivalent to the distance between all the Maggie’s centres that we've built in the UK. At the end of the campaign, 180 participants covered a total distance of 14,800 miles and raised £13,000 bringing the grand total to just over a million.
Pictured right: Our top fundraisers, Team Sheriff for our #MillionForMaggies challenge with £8,000 raised.
Maggie’s operate alongside NHS cancer hospitals across the length and breadth of the UK. Each is unique and designed by a world-renowned architect to provide much-needed peaceful spaces for cancer patients and their families. Founded in Edinburgh in 1996, Maggie’s helped people with cancer, and their family and friends, more than 245,000 visitors across the country in 2021 alone, be it offering professional support on anything from the side effects of treatment to advice on money worries to help people live well with cancer.
Our relationship with Maggie’s started over a decade ago when we built the award-winning Maggie’s at Singleton Hospital, Swansea, which completed in 2011. We are currently working on the construction of Maggie’s at the Royal Free Hospital and have previously been the contractor on eight Maggie’s around the country.
We are immensely proud of our partnership with Maggie’s because we share their ethos. We are passionate about buildings that have a profound impact on people and communities. And as a people business with family values at our core, the work that Maggie’s does to support those whose lives have been affected by cancer resonates deeply with us. It gives us great joy to reach this fantastic milestone in support of Maggie’s in just six years. This achievement is testament to the phenomenal commitment of our people and partners who champion the initiatives that matter to them with relentless dedication. On behalf of everyone at Sir Robert McAlpine, I would like to thank all those who have contributed to raising such an incredible amount and I look forward to building on our partnership with Maggie’s for many years to come.
CEO, Sir Robert McAlpine
Maggie's Chief Executive, Dame Laura Lee added:
“A huge thank you to everyone at Sir Robert McAlpine. To have raised £1 million pounds to help people with cancer is extraordinary, but I have also been incredibly grateful of how we have worked in partnership over the years on the centres we have built together.
“Once again, thank you so much to everyone who fundraised – people with cancer, as well as family and friends, need our support more than ever and you have helped make sure we are here with them.”
The funds raised help Maggie’s vital work, ensuring people with cancer, as well as family and friends, can get expert psychological, practical, and financial support for free, from the moment they are diagnosed. Find out more via the Maggie's website.