Huge £27,700 effort for cancer charity

Staff from Wellingborough-based Kuehne Nagel hand over a cheque for more than �27,700 to Lizzie Melvin from Cancer Research UK (centre)
Staff from Wellingborough-based Kuehne Nagel hand over a cheque for more than �27,700 to Lizzie Melvin from Cancer Research UK (centre)

A Wellingborough logistics firm has handed over a cheque for more than £27,000 to a cancer charity after a record year of fundraising.

Staff at Kuehne Nagel, which is based off the A45, have now raised more than £70,000 for the charity over three years.

The firm has branch offices all over the UK which have contributed to the total, but a large chunk of the final total was raised by staff in Wellingborough.

Tracey Gooch, who works in the admin team at Kuehne Nagel, said last year’s total was about £24,000.

She added: “We started supporting Cancer Research UK about three years ago and have put it to a vote every year since then.

“The staff voted to continue supporting Cancer Research UK, I think it’s because it’s an illness which affects so many people.”

Staff at Kuehne Nagel have organised a host of activities during the past year to help boost the total.

This has included a climb up Mount Snowdon in Wales in September.

Tracey added: “We held a lot of bake sales, we had a charity week where people came in dressed in different costumes every day and we hold a lot of raffles and things like that.

“People have been really generous throughout the year and we’re very pleased to have raised such an amazing total – our best so far.”

Lizzie Melvin, from the Midlands branch of Cancer Research UK, visited Kuehne Nagel to pick up the cheque and thank staff for their efforts.

She said: “To put it into perspective, a donation of £27,701 would be enough to pay the salary of one of our PHD student scientists.

“They are the ones that are currently coming up with the most amazing ideas. They have made some very important discoveries in recent years and are wonderful.”