A major employer has been commended for its partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.
Tempsford-based Kier, and its independent charity The Kier Foundation, have been named the 2015 Best Corporate Partner by the Institute of Fundraising East Anglia Region.
The award sets out to recognise a partnership operating within East Anglia over the past 12 months that is both mutually beneficial and innovative.
Judges described the partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and Kier, which employs around 600 people at its headquarters at Tempsford Hall and 1,300 across East Anglia, as an “excellent example of a corporate organisation and charity working together to benefit the local community”.
Kier pledged to fund the equivalent of 4,000 nursing hours over a two-year partnership with Macmillan to help people affected by cancer. By the end of the first year together they have already funded more than 7,000 hours.
As part of the partnership, Kier has been committed to raising awareness of Macmillan services among its employees and the broader communities in which they work. As part of its health and well-being programme Kier is communicating cancer awareness information and promoting initiatives, as well as using its external channels to help Macmillan reach more people who need support.
Alan Smith, Kier Group director of corporate responsibility, and trustee of The Kier Foundation, said: “We are very pleased to have received this award. Our people feel a real affinity with this important cause, and this accolade reflects all the enthusiastic fundraising activities Kier employees take part in and the dedicated support they have given to Macmillan. We look forward to our second year of partnership and hope it is as successful as the first 12 months.”
Adam Nash, corporate account manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see that Kier has been rewarded for its excellent partnership with Macmillan by winning this award. Being named Best Corporate Partner in what is a very competitive environment shows that the determination and commitment from all Kier employees is clearly being recognised across the charity sector. On behalf of Macmillan I would like to offer everyone involved a huge well done.”