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Annual charity dinner raises £12,000

Charity fundraising dinner hosted by our invoice finance team has raised £12,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Give a Duck, part of Candlelighters, Yorkshire's Children's Cancer charity.


The event, which was held at The Queens Hotel in Leeds was organised by staff from our invoice finance teams in Manchester and Leeds. More than 200 people from across the Yorkshire and Lancashire business communities attended the event, which was compéred by Sky Sports presenter Pete Graves. Entertainment was provded by comedian Pete Emmett.

Laura Spooner, Partnerships Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support:

"I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of everyone at Macmillan. We are very grateful to the bank and to everyone that supported the charity fundraising dinner on Thursday evening. It was a really wonderful event, and to raise £12,000 is incredible and will make a massive difference to the lives of people living with cancer across the UK. Macmillan want to make sure that no one has to face cancer alone and thanks to the invoice Finance, we are one step closer to this goal."

Kate Goldring, Fundraising Manager at Candlelighters:

"We were so pleased to be supported by this prestigious event. One of the families that Candlelighters supports were the driving force behind this and the Give A Duck initiative. Candlelighters provide support to families coping with childhood cancer across our region and without the support of events like this, we simply wouldn’t be here."

John Gribbon, Regional Managing Director for invoice finance in the North:

"We are delighted this year to be supporting Macmillan and the Give a Duck initiative that's part of Candlelighters, Yorkshire’s Children’s Cancer Charity. It was a brilliant evening and we would like to thank everyone involved for their support.

"There are many worthy charities out there, but these two pull on the heartstrings of so many of us. Both charities carry out such incredible work for people with cancer across our region and I am pleased that we have been able to support their efforts. This is the fifth year we have organised the dinner and brings the total raised for charities over the last five years to £75,000."


About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body. You worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to or planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved with Macmillan Cancer Support, please call 01274 299 545. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit


About Royal Bank of Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support in Partnership

All the funds raised from this event will support the Financial Guidance Service, which RBS helped Macmillan to launch in 2011. It offers a free, independent service available to people living with cancer, as well as their carers and family. To date, the Financial Guidance Service has helped people affected by cancer to unlock over £10million, by aiding them to make informed financial decisions on things like mortgages, pensions, savings and investments.

Since 2008, Royal Bank has raised a remarkable £2.2million and donated £2.4million to Macmillan. Royal Bank staff have organised a series of fundraising events to support the charity, including the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, Jailbreak challenges, fire walks, sky dives and more.


About Candlelighters and Give A Duck

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, lives are turned upside down in an instant. Not just for the child, but for their parents, siblings, family and friends. Priorities change and everyday concerns suddenly seem trivial.

Getting well again can be a long and challenging journey – physically, emotionally and financially. Supporting those children and their families is why Candlelighters was formed more than 40 years ago and it's why we are still here today.

Give A Duck is a fundraising initiative championed by Andrew and Karen Phillips, whose son Harry is currently undergoing treatment at Leeds General Infirmary for leukaemia. The initiative aims to fund a chemo duck for every child who needs one in our region. Invented in America by a mother whose own child had cancer, Chemo Duck is a cuddly friend to children with cancer. He can help them forget their fears and worries. And he’s a good teacher too.

Because Chemo Duck has a feeding tube and an IV patch, doctors can use them to help children understand their treatment. Funding ensures that every child with cancer on the wards at LGI can have their own duck, helping children and families adapt to their new life and using play as a powerful part of the healing process.

To find out more about Give A Duck and Candlelighters please contact: 
Kate Goldring 
Fundraising Manager 
The Square 
8 Woodhouse Square 
Leeds LS3 1AD 
0113 8878333


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