ePC mark 10th birthday by donating £10,000 to 10 charitable causes
Established in 2004, ePC is this week celebrating our 10th birthday. To mark the occasion, we have donated a share of £10,000 to 10 different charitable causes, each chosen by our employees.
The charities, who each receive £1,000, are Alzheimer’s Research UK, Cancer Research, Children with Special Needs Foundation, Christopher's Smile, HemiHelp, Home-Start Surrey Heath, Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, Surrey Health Veterans and Families – Listening Project and Woking Hospice. The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Bob Paton looked on as the donations were presented to a representative from each charity by the ePC employee who nominated them, at the offices of Surrey Heath Borough Council in Camberley this morning.
I'm incredibly grateful to ePC for their kind donations as they mark 10 successful years in business. Their generosity will help local charities continue to provide important services to the residents of Surrey Heath.Councillor Bob Paton, Mayor of Surrey Heath
Speaking ahead of the presentation, Alan Ingram, Technical Director at ePC said:
We are thrilled to be able to make these donations and support such worthy causes in our tenth year
Alan Ingram (ePC) with Councilor Bob Paton, Mayor of Surrey Heath
Alan Ingram talks to Karen Capel (Christopher's Smile)
Yvonne Putley (ePC) presents cheque to Gordon & Ann Parris (Children with Special Needs Foundation)
Dan Button (ePC) presents cheque to Karen Capel (Christopher's Smile)
Councilor Bob Paton, Mayor of Surrey Heath
Richard Adams (ePC) presents cheque to Melanie James and Bill Scott (Home-Start Surrey Heath)
Kevin Hopkinson (ePC) talks to Deborah Sellstrom (Surrey Health Veterans and Families – Listening Project)
Karrie Hicks (ePC) presents cheque to Fabian Hine (Woking Hospice)
One of the chosen charities, Christopher’s Smile, was set up in October 2008 by Karen and Kevin Capel following the tragic death of their only son Christopher from medulloblastoma, an aggressive childhood brain tumour. Karen Capel said:
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.
Childhood cancer research is advancing at an unprecedented pace mainly due to the advances new technologies have enabled in our knowledge of the human genome. To exploit these discoveries, new avenues need to be investigated which of course requires further funding. It is important to us to know that our funding will make the biggest difference possible in terms of bringing forward new treatments for children. This will always remain our focus and it is important for us to feel confident that this is the case
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
The UK's leading dementia research charity, Alzheimer's Research UK, has also received a donation of £1,000 to help fund world-class research to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Miranda Johnson, Head of Corporate and Community Partnerships at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
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
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