MB DIY based on Skippers Lane, Middlesbrough really pulled out all the stops to help patients on James Cook’s ward 14 a – smashing their fundraising target at the same time.
The Middlesbrough local hardware and decor showroom – which has supported local good causes since its establishment almost 30 years ago – chose the oncology ward at the Middlesbrough hospital as their first official charity partner.
Thanks to the staff’s phenomenal fundraising efforts they raised over £6,000 for the ward which looks after cancer patients, well above their original ambitious target of £5,000.
A full calendar of events throughout the year helped to achieve this massive amount including the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a walk from Goathland to Egton Bridge, a race night, raffles and a no swearing challenge to name but a few.
As well as the organised events staff took part in individual fundraisers such as marathons, abseils from the Transporter Bridge and skydives. A big thank you also to all the generous customers who gave donations helping to boost the total raised.
Mike Greenup, managing director and Steve Bailey, marketing manager visited the ward to present the cheque to the ward’s delighted staff and see for themselves the difference fundraising can make to patients and where the money will be spent.
Mike said: “Ward 14 is close to the hearts of many people at MB and it was a very personal choice. It has supported friends, colleagues and family through some of the most difficult parts of their lives.
“We are delighted be able to give something back. We are very humbled by the work of the ward and its dedicated and caring staff and we are thrilled to be able to help. The staff really got behind the fundraising and we would like to thank them all for helping.”
Beverley Rogers, ward 14 manager said: “We are very grateful to MB for choosing us as charity of the year. Our partnership has been a great success and their amazing efforts on our behalf are much appreciated and will really benefit the ward, its patients and their families.”