In Spring 2016, Severfield plc, the UK’s leading structural steel company, set up The Severfield Foundation (the Foundation); its very own registered charitable incorporated organisation.
One year in, and Severfield is delighted to announce that throughout its first year, The Severfield Foundation has raised an impressive £55,000, which is to be split between partner charity Prostate Cancer UK and a selection of other charities local to Severfield sites. These include the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Bolton Hospice, Saint Catherine’s Hospice (Scarborough), Cancer Connect NI, Fermanagh Stroke Association and Jengana, as well as supporting a number of local community projects.
Each year, the Foundation will continue to support a major partner charity. For 2016/17, Prostate Cancer UK was chosen, with the intention of raising much needed funds and awareness of prostate cancer. With the Severfield workforce being predominantly male and 1 in 8 men in the UK getting prostate cancer at some point in their lives, this was believed to be a very relevant partnership.
Foundation Trustee and Severfield Legal Director, Mark Sanderson, said: “After only one year, we were delighted that The Severfield Foundation has raised such an incredible amount in such a short time. It is testament to the hard work, commitment and generosity of our employees who are at the forefront of our fundraising activities, contributing to and taking part in events throughout the year. As the Foundation continues to develop, we hope to see it grow into an even more successful charitable trust supporting local communities and charities across the UK.”
James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK added: “I want to thank Severfield for their continued support over the past year and for raising an incredible £25,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. The employees have had an incredible impact on increasing awareness of the disease, both amongst the public but also with staff. “It is thanks to the dedicated support and funds from Severfield that we have been able to raise money and vital awareness in order to push forward with our goal to tame prostate cancer in the next ten years. For this we are extremely grateful.”