Staff and residents at retirement housing estates managed by Hanover Housing Association were celebrating today after the organisation’s Chair, Dr Stuart Burgess, presented Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for £50,000 thanks to fundraising efforts from a number of their estates across the country.
This year residents from Hanover Court in Dorking were among the leading fundraisers for the charity. They were joined by a further 241 estates from Hanover’s North, South, East and West regions as they held local events to support the vital work carried out by Macmillan. Activities included raffles, coffee mornings and cake baking sessions. The £50,000 donation represents the largest ever fundraising effort by Hanover and its residents.
Dr Stuart Burgess said: ‘This is really is a tremendous fundraising effort to help support the many friends, colleagues and loved ones who have faced cancer. I am particularly impressed by the enthusiasm of our residents, many of whom are retirees and pensioners. To be able to present £50,000 to Macmillan is testament to the Hanover network and the caring community spirit that exists- it’s a pleasure to work with such a dedicated team of people for this worthy cause.
On receiving the donation, Leena Sirpal, Senior Fundraising Manager at Macmillan said: ’We are extremely grateful for the fundraising efforts from the Hanover communities across the country. They have raised an incredible amount of money over the last year which will benefit many people living with cancer.’
Macmillan is a leading campaigner around issues that help improve the lives of people affected by cancer. The number of people aged 65 and over living with cancer grew by some
300,000 (up 23%) in the five years to 2015. By 2040 older people will account for 77 per cent of all people living with a cancer diagnosis, an increase of 66 per cent from the 2015 figure.
Watch an interview on the Macmillan fundraising effort with Hanover’s Chairman, Dr Stuart Burgess.