Ten Northern Ireland businesses raise more than £65k for Cancer Focus NI

The 2019 Big Shops’ Showdown, organised by Business in the Community on behalf of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, saw a whopping £65,084 raised by ten Northern Ireland companies.

The challenge saw teams of business volunteers take over the running of 10 Cancer Focus NI’s charity shops for a day in May, following fundraising and stock collections in the run up to the day itself. The companies involved this year were Arthur Cox, Baker McKenzie, Concentrix, DuPont, Enterprise, Northstone, JP Corry, PSNI, Terex and Translink.

Competing in a friendly way with each other, the teams raised funds and awareness of cancer and cancer research funded by Cancer Focus NI. Northstone was crowned the overall winner, raising the most money with an impressive total of £18,612.

Andy Nisbet Friel, Communities Executive, Business in the Community, said: “We are delighted that our member companies have once again supported this fun and worthy initiative. This is the second year of our partnership with Cancer Focus NI, having built the challenge over the past eight years. The amount raised is phenomenal and particularly poignant as our organisations celebrate two big milestones – 30 years of Business in the Community and the 50th anniversary of Cancer Focus in Northern Ireland.

“In addition to the monies raised, the Big Shops’ Showdown raises awareness of cancer and the research that takes place right here in Northern Ireland. It also enables some of our key businesses to get right into the heart of the community and allows employees to experience a different kind of working day as they get to know their colleagues as they work together for a great cause.”

Roisin Foster, Chief Executive, Cancer Focus NI, said: “Cancer Focus NI is so grateful to all the businesses that took part in the Big Shops Showdown. This amazing total will help us fund ground-breaking cancer research at Queen’s University. In partnership with Business in the Community, the Big Shops’ Showdown raises funds, gives us new ideas to improve our retail business, supports team building in participating businesses and has a really positive environmental impact by reusing clothes and goods that might otherwise have gone to landfill.”

For more information, please contact Andy Nisbet Friel on (028) 9046 0606 or visit www.bitcni.org.uk/community-resilience