South Shields cancer charity praises firm’s support

'THANKS' ... Deborah Roberts accepts a cheque for Cancer Connections from Biffa.
'THANKS' ... Deborah Roberts accepts a cheque for Cancer Connections from Biffa.

BOSSES at a South Tyneside charity have thanked a borough business for its continued support.

Staff at Biffa Waste Services, based on the Simonside Industrial Estate, South Shields, handed a cheque for more than £2,000 to Cancer Connections.

The charity, which has its headquarters in Harton Lane, South Shields, offers support, advice and therapies to cancer patients and their families.

The money was raised across several depots after workers organised a sponsored walk through the Yorkshire countryside.

The walk raised more than £4,000 in total, with the money split evenly between Cancer Connections and armed forces charity, Help For Heroes.

Deborah Roberts, a co-founder of Cancer Connections, said: “We are so grateful to the staff and management of Biffa for nominating Cancer Connections as their chosen charity.

“It is always a pleasure to be working alongside local companies who understand the importance of the work that is done at Cancer Connections.

“We do rely very heavily on the support of our community, and it’s people like the staff at Biffa who make it possible for us to help the people who need it most.

“We’re very thankful for the support the company has shown us, and look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Julie Maguire, manager of Biffa’s South Shields depot, said: “We decided to complete an eight-mile charity walk in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, where more than 50 friends and family members from around our region came together to support our two nominated charities, Cancer Connections and Help For Heroes.

“We all enjoyed the day, with the added benefit of raising money for two great and deserving charities. We are based in South Shields and it is a pleasure to raise funds for a local charity.

“Cancer Connections is a great cause as they help families within the community through some of the most difficult times anyone has to face. I don’t know anyone who has not been touched by this terrible disease in some way. The work Deborah and the team do is amazing and we are proud to be associated and support them.

“We aim to continue our support throughout the rest of the year with more events planned.”

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