A Warrington-based professional services group has announced a new partnership with one of the UK’s leading cancer support charities.
Optionis has chosen Cancer Research UK as its official charity partner for 2021 with a series of online fundraisers and events planned at its Centre Park Square headquarters, as well as its various offices around the UK.
This latest collaboration follows previous partnerships, which saw the firm raise over £20,000 for children’s charities. The firm also promoted the importance of mental health awareness for all its employees in a joint initiative with the Samaritans in 2019/20.
Moving forward, Optionis will launch a new drive to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK, which has been working to develop research and beat cancer for more than 100 years.
Sarah Edwards, Engagement and Communications Manager at Optionis, said: “When searching for a new official charity to support as a company, we knew it was important to give our backing to an organisation close to our employees’ hearts.
“Following discussions with all of our staff, Cancer Research UK was selected as our charity partner for 2021, and we can’t wait to begin raising funds for them. It will be slightly different to our previous campaigns, with some events taking place online, but we’re confident we can rise to the challenge and be a great supporter of the work they do.
“As a business we have a fantastic track record for supporting charities, both locally and nationally, and I’m proud to say the pandemic hasn’t stopped us with staff continuing to raise funds from their own homes over the past 12 months.”
Chris Doyle, Relationship Manager at Cancer Research UK said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone at the Optionis Group for their fantastic support and I am looking forward to seeing how the partnership develops over the coming year. Every pound they raise will help our brilliant scientists and their life-saving work.
“The truth is, COVID-19 has slowed us down and Cancer Research UK is predicting a staggering £300 million drop in income over the next three years which could put future medical breakthroughs at risk. But we will never stop. With over 40,000 people diagnosed with cancer each year in the North West, we are determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for tomorrow and, with the help of supporters like the Optionis Group, we believe that together we will still beat cancer.”
Optionis Group encompasses seven brands including SJD Accountancy, ClearSky Accounting, Parasol, First Freelance, Nixon Williams, ClearSky Business and Brian Alfred.