SSP UK, a leading provider of food and drink concessions in travel locations, has named Macmillan Cancer Support as its new Charity of the Year. Macmillan provides emotional, practical, financial and medical support to people and their friends and families living with cancer. During 2018, SSP colleagues across the company’s c.700 UK outlets will be raising much needed funds for the charity.
Colleague fundraising will take place across hundreds of SSP sites up and down the country, as well as its Birmingham and London offices. SSP colleagues will join together to raise funds for the charity as part of four dedicated fundraising events throughout the year, including Macmillan’s well-known annual Coffee Morning. Macmillan will also receive a third of the donations received into the SSP Foundation’s till-point collection tins, and a £100,000 grant from the SSP Foundation will give a further boost to the fundraising.
Gini Smith, Macmillan Cancer Support Corporate Partnership Manager, said, “We’re delighted to welcome SSP UK on board as a new corporate partner. Almost one in two of us will receive a cancer diagnosis by 2020, and Macmillan’s aim is to be there for everyone living with cancer when they need it most. We rely on much-needed donations from companies such as SSP to be able to provide support during treatment or help with work and money worries.”
Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK & Ireland, added, “We’re pleased to be working together with Macmillan to fund expert cancer support. We have around 10,000 colleagues across the country, which means that unfortunately, cancer will have affected many of us. But Macmillan is there to help people live life, and by fundraising for this important charity, our colleagues will help people get the support they need to face cancer. We are looking forward to a year of fun charitable events and hope to raise thousands for Macmillan in the process.”