A look at the charities

Written by Alan Ingram on Friday, 01 August 2014. Posted in Company news

To mark our 10th birthday, we have donated a share of £10,000 to 10 different charitable causes, chosen by our employees.

Find out more about each charity and read some of the stories behind their selection.

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity. Every year, 163,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed in England and Wales - one every 3.2 seconds.

Alzheimer's Research UK funds world-class research to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

We are hugely grateful to ePC for their generous gift of £1,000 to mark their 10th anniversary. This donation will help fund hours of crucial research and essential equipment for our scientists, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

There are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK living with dementia today, including almost 15,000 people in Surrey – one of the highest county figures. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future but funding for research still lags far behind other serious diseases. We rely on the generosity of our fundraisers and businesses like ePC to fund our pioneering dementia research

Miranda Johnson, Head of Corporate and Community Partnerships, Alzheimer’s Research UK

Dave's story

Dave works in our development team.

My family has been hit with various problem conditions so making a decision hasn't been easy. On reflection, I would choose Alzheimer’s Research UK as dementia is frustrating for the sufferer, difficult to spot and care for


Cancer Research

Cancer Research is the world’s leading cancer charity. They fund scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner and provide cancer information to the public.

They have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years.

Our story

Everyone at ePC agreed Cancer Research should receive a donation as most of us have lost a relative / friend to cancer or know somebody whose life has been touched by the disease

Alan Ingram, Technical Director, ePC


Children with Special Needs Foundation

The charity aims to raise funds to support individuals, groups and schools in their requests for equipment, holidays and tuition.

They provide essential care for children with special needs in Surrey, East Berkshire and North Hampshire and ‘put a smile on tomorrow, today’.

Yvonne's story

Yvonne works in our customer service department.

My son has Prada Willi and the charity supported us as a family when we most needed it. I feel that giving back to the Charity now will help other families when they are most in need


Christopher's Smile

Christopher’s Smile was set-up in October 2008 here in Lightwater by Karen and Kevin Capel following the tragic death of their only son Christopher from medulloblastoma, an aggressive childhood brain tumour.

Supporting UK research centres such as the Institute of Cancer Research, Christopher's Smile aims to raise money to fund development of new drugs to treat medulloblastoma and other childhood cancers without devastating side effects.

Christopher's Smile Clinical Fellow, our fourth children's cancer researcher, took up her post on 1st May this year. We have successfully managed to raise funds to secure the post for two years during which research will be carried out focussing on biomarkers, taking the next important steps towards new treatments for children with cancer. Ideally, for the work to reach completion and to be as successful as possible, we need funding for a third year. Every penny of the donation we have received from ePC will be used to help us to achieve this goal.

The support from ePC will help us to continue to fund this much needed innovative research into childhood cancers enabling children to be treated in the future with safe effective treatments.

Karen and Kevin Capel, Christopher's Smile



HemiHelp is a charity providing support and information to people with hemiplegia and their families in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Hemiplegia is a neurological condition the effects of which are similar to a stroke. It is caused by damage to the brain and it results in a varying degree of weakness and lack of control on one side of the body. Hemiplegia affects one child in 1000.

Richard's story

Richard works in our marketing department.

I've had a mild form of Hemiplegia since birth, affecting the left side of my body. Much less information was available on the condition when I was born but HemiHelp is now offering the kind of support my parents needed 35 years ago


Home Start Surrey Heath

Sometimes budding families need help to stay on the right path and become a productive part of society in the future. Home-Start Surrey Heath offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in Surrey Heath.

Home-Start offers a unique service. We recruit and train volunteers who are usually parents themselves to visit families with at least one child under five, at home, and offer them informal, friendly support.

Home-Start Surrey Heath is celebrating 25 years supporting families in the borough and like many other charities, we are facing a significant shortfall of funds over the next few years, so donations like these are vital. We need to work really hard to ensure that our voluntary service continues long into the future.

Through our wonderful team of home-visiting volunteers, we believe our organisation plays a vital role in supporting families who are going through a difficult time in the community.

We thank you again for this donation. Not only does it assist with the provision of support to families in need, but it also acts as a wonderful boost and motivator to our fundraisers.

Stephnie Waight, Scheme Manager


Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. One in three of us will get cancer and Macmillan are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need.

It's not only patients who live with cancer, they also help carers, families and communities.



The NSPCC was founded in 1884 and their vision is still to end cruelty to children in the UK. Everything we do protects children, prevents abuse and transforms society so it’s safer for all children.

The NSPCC protects children across the UK. We run a wide range of services for both children and adults, including national helplines and local projects.


Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project (SHV&F-LP)

Veterans are owed a great debt by our society and this charity aims to enhance and improve the quality of the day-to-day lives of HM veterans.

The charity aims to provide a safe haven for HM veterans & their families and be able to talk about the impact their service has had on their lives.

Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project (SHV&F-LP) would like to express our thanks for your generous donation of £1,000 and wish you a happy 10th birthday.

The donation will go towards raising SHV&F-LP’s public profile in the Armed Forces Communities in Surrey Heath, and the surrounding local areas.

We are committed to providing the best possible facilities, opportunities and environment for ex-servicemen and women that have protected our country, and the families that support them

Deborah Sellstrom, Surrey Heath Veterans & Families – Listening Project (SHV&F-LP)

Woking Hospice

Woking Hospice was opened in December 1996 to provide palliative care and support for patients and their families living in central Surrey.

As well as providing in-patient care and day care units, their community team provide services over a much wider area including the boroughs of Woking, Spelthorne, Runnymede and Elmbridge.

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices provide support and palliative care to families in North & Central Surrey. Our nurses care for around 410 in-patients every year and make more than 1,800 home visits and we offer extensive bereavement counselling support to both adults, young people and children.

All our care is provided completely free of charge, although we have to raise over £6 million each year to enable us to continue, so we are delighted that ePC have chosen us to receive this very generous donation. Thank you all very much!

Anita Avery, Corporate Fundraiser

Karrie's story

Karrie works in our finance department.

My friend's husband lost his 18 month battle with cancer in December. The Woking Hospice supported them as a family through his battle, caring for him in his last few days and continue to support their six-year-old twin girls and my friend at this very difficult time.


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Alan Ingram

Alan Ingram

Alan is responsible for the strategic direction of ePC’s technical services and managing relationships with key client accounts.