Natalie Davies (Laboratory Manager) and Carly Mitchell (Laboratory Analyst) kick started our fundraising activity for Mesothelioma UK in 2019 by encouraging all would be bakers in Santia to bake some cake for charity!
With a couple of hundred people based at Axys House in Nantgarw, there are plenty of mouths to feed. Staff from both Santia and Alcumus obviously thought the cakes looked very appetising as they had all been purchased by the afternoon leaving a few late arrivals disappointed.
What wasn’t disappointing were the funds raised for the efforts made which totalled £350, a great start to our fundraising activity for Mesothelioma UK this year and a big well done to all involved making, selling, buying, eating and no doubt, enjoying!
The next phase of fundraising for Mesothelioma UK will take place this summer as Team Santia burn off the calories as we embark upon a series of strenuous walks across 3 regions of the UK. Santia have traditionally held Summer Team Building Events for each regional team to participate in, these have been viewed as a great success by those in attendance so this year, we thought we’d fundraise at the same time.
Location to maximise attendance was a key consideration to improve the numbers participating and therefore, fundraising. To make the walk a bit of a challenge and support fitness and wellbeing, research highlighted a number of peaks in locations close to our teams.
The Scottish and North East of England Teams will walk The Cheviot mountain in Northumberland National Park given it is ideally situated between Newcastle and Edinburgh, it’s the highest peak in the area at 815m.
The Midlands Team will walk Kinder Scout mountain in the Peak District National Park given it is ideally situated between Sheffield and Manchester, it’s the highest peak in Derbyshire and the West Midlands.
The Welsh and South East of England Teams will walk Pen Y Fan mountain in the Brecon Beacons, it’s the highest mountain in South Wales at 886m.
With over 50% of the entire business already signed up to participate, the next steps will be to train in preparation and fundraise to help support a charity which is close to all of us here at Santia.
Approximately 2,500 people die from Mesothelioma each year in the UK alone. The charity Mesothelioma UK is a national resource centre dedicated to providing free specialist information, support and improved care and treatment for those affected by the disease.
The centre co-ordinates communication and information about everything relevant to mesothelioma throughout the UK and supports any initiative that seeks to improve the life and experiences of mesothelioma patients and their carers. Mesothelioma UK operates a national free phone helpline (0800 169 2409) that provides access to impartial, accurate and relevant advice specific to mesothelioma for patients, carers and health care professionals.
Callers to the helpline can access specialist nurse clinical advice, booklets, factsheets and can also be put in touch with local sources of information and support. Patients and carers can be signposted to their local nurse specialist and local or nearest support group. For health care professionals, Mesothelioma UK organises numerous training and educational events, regular news bulletins, has established a National Mesothelioma Nurse Action Team and generally supports health care teams in the management of Mesothelioma patients.
Mesothelioma UK collaborates with all other interested parties to raise awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos and coordinate events surrounding Action Mesothelioma Day in July each year. Initially funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, Mesothelioma UK now relies totally on voluntary donations to its own independent charity; Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust, so if you would like to donate for this worthy cause, please click here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/santia
Carly Mitchell, Laboratory Analyst (left) and Natalie Davies, Laboratory Manager (right) showcasing the cakes….
Thanks to Mesothelioma UK for providing a variety of items to help promote the Cake Bake!
Cheviot Mountain in Northumberland National Park.
Pen Y Fan Mountain in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales