SSP staff raise record amount for cancer charity

6 Dec 2015

Staff at SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, which operates several restaurants and bars at Belfast International Airport have raised a fantastic amount for Cancer Research UK.

The final figure raised, £12,487.86, exceeds last year’s total by more than £2,000 and reflects the massive effort put into the fund-raising by the 100 members of staff.

Charity Champion for SSP, Catherine Iremonger said “We raised money from doing several fun events.  These included; “Coffee and Cake” mornings, a “Christmas jumper to work” day, St Trinian’s, Back to School themed events and a new event this year a “Lap the Lough” bike ride, during which a total of 86 miles was cycled.  We are all passionate about making a difference.”

Cancer Research UK thanked staff for their selfless and generous support, and gave an example of how the money raised would be put to good use.

Cancer Research UK said: Sometimes treatment for testicular cancer can reduce men's levels of testosterone.  £1,800 could enable a man to take part in a study, seeing if a gel containing the hormone could help improve their quality of life after treatment."

SSP Manager at Belfast International Airport, Alistair Caldwell, said he couldn’t speak highly enough of the staff who achieved the record amount.

Alistair said: “I’m very proud of what my team has achieved. Most, if not all of us, know someone who has or had cancer, which is why we all found it an easy ask to raise funds for this charity. The staff, literally in many cases, went the extra mile, and their efforts were rewarded handsomely by people who supported them with their cash.”

“It’s a big well done to all concerned. Now, all we have to do, is decide what we’re going to do next year that surpasses this year’s record amount.”

Deirdre Graffin, Belfast International Airport Commercial Services Manager, congratulated SSP on their fundraising.

Ms Graffin said: “The SSP team have worked so hard to raise money for a very worthy cause.  They have encouraged everyone in Belfast International to support their events and, hopefully, their efforts will help to save many lives.”

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