Algeco UK, a provider of temporary buildings and storage solutions, has joined forces with a Wellingborough community group this month for a ‘Diwali Dinner and Dance’, raising £2,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The money raised will directly support people locally and will go towards Macmillan services connected with Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital.
The event was held at Silk, Wellingborough and welcomed over 100 members of the local community with an Indian Buffet, Charity Raffle Draw and Disco by Algeco UK Marketing Manager Sunil Achtar, who has been DJing for over 15 years, supporting several charities in the process, playing a range of music including, Bollywood, Bhangra, RnB and Commercial Pop.
The evening also included talks from members of the Macmillan team about the vital work they do, as well as speeches from Navin Mamtora and Kamal Popat of Wellingborough Lohana Mahajan (WLM), a community group, formed from members across Wellingborough, to create social events and fundraising for several charities since 1978.
Right now, more than 3 million people are living with cancer in the UK. By 2030 this figure will rise to 4 million. Macmillan raise money to provide vital cancer services, research, and campaign to achieve better cancer care, and support the cancer workforce. Niamh Baker, Relationship Fundraising Manager at Macmillan said, “We are thrilled to have Sunil & WLM supporting Macmillan with such a fantastic event this year. Events like this mean we can continue to fund vital cancer support services, so we can do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.”
Algeco UK employees are encouraged to take part in worthy causes and every member of staff receives volunteering days to support this objective. Sunil Achtar said, “It gives me great pride knowing I am making a positive impact in the lives of others and I know that is a feeling shared throughout Algeco UK. I was excited to be able to show my support to Macmillan and the incredible work they do. Partnering with local businesses, groups and leaders to fundraise is so important and makes a significant impact on the lives of people in the local community who need help. No matter what your skills or interests, you can make a difference in this way and I cannot endorse the experience enough, there is no better feeling than knowing your time has been spent on something rewarding and meaningful. ”
Algeco UK, formerly known as Mobile Mini UK, previously took part in a special DIY SOS for BBC Children in Need, helping to build the world’s first all-inclusive surf centre in Caswell Bay. The company has also donated containers and equipment to schools across the country, as well as non-profit organisations such as Friends of Eastfield, who collect old school uniforms to provide them to other children at a discount cost. The company proudly sponsored kits for Frydays Dance Academy, who were chosen to be part of the England Team for the Dance World Cup, and recently provided the free use of a storage container to the children's academy of Warwickshire Bears wheelchair basketball club.
Helen Johnson, HR Director at Algeco UK, said, “We are delighted to match the funds raised by Sunil and WLM for the benefit of Macmillan and the people they support. It gives us great pride knowing that we are making a positive impact in the lives of others. Giving back to the community is something our business is passionate about and we know that is a feeling shared by all of the employees of Algeco UK.”
Funds raised by the recent Diwali Dinner and Dance and the matched contribution by Algeco UK will be combined with a live Justgiving page, which remains open to donation by anyone who wishes to support those living with cancer in Northamptonshire. To learn more and donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/page/wlmfundraiser