Businesses are being urged to sign up to help a charity raise a whopping £50,000 during its awareness week.
Leicestershire and Rutland-based charity Hope Against Cancer launched the Bold and Blue Week three years ago and each year the event has gone from strength-to-strength. Last year, more than 60 businesses in Rutland signed up to help and the charity’s chief executive officer Nigel Rose is hoping even more will sign up.
To make the week even more exciting, the charity has added a yo-yo challenge and so far, Uppingham firms The Vaults, Don Paddies, The Falcon Hotel, and Sycamores (Harley Davidson) have already signed up for the competition.
Local companies, clubs, pubs, restaurants, schools and individuals can request a welcome pack containing sponsorship forms, posters and details. Participants will be urged to collect sponsorship based on how many times they can keep a yo-yo spinning non-stop. Winners of local competitions will be put forward to compete in a final to be held in Uppingham on Friday, September 9, to win a prize and a trophy. All funds raised will go towards the charity’s important work of researching cancer and possible treatments. The charity works in partnership with the University of Leicester and in 2012, it opened a dedicated clinical research facility at Leicester Royal Infirmary to offer patients access to new patients and therapies. The city of Leicester is now recognised as a research centre of excellence – the only one of its kind in the East Midlands - and the charity has to raise £350,000 a year to fund vital research.
Nigel said: “We’ve had a lot of support from Rutland in the past and we hope they will support us again this year to be Bold and Blue to not only raise funds for our important work but to raise awareness of our charity.
“It’s really simple for people to get involved – they could have wear blue to work days or get involved in our wacky photo competition – but it makes such a huge difference.”
Mr Rose said cancer was something that affects everyone but added: “Cancer treatments and outcomes are better for patients in the East Midlands as a result of the work being done locally.”
The Bold and Blue awareness week takes place from Saturday, September 3, to Friday, September 9. To find out more about the yo-yo challenge or to get involved in the Bold and Blue week, visit www.hopeagainstcancer.org.uk to find out more.