Costain Foundation Charity Trustees launch 2017 Charity of the Year programme for Cancer Research UK

The Costain Charitable Foundation recently formally launched its 2017 partnership with Cancer Research UK.  This comes after the trustees of the Charitable Foundation – Alison Wood, Tracey Wood, Catherine Warbrick, Geoff Hunt and Graham Bann - met with Cancer Research UK and toured the new Francis Crick Institute laboratories in King’s Cross.

“It was fascinating to see scientists researching infectious diseases, heart disease, cancer and many other illnesses all working in one research centre”, commented Catherine, Investor Relations and Corporate Responsibility Director. “The scientists share a collaborative philosophy, where they help with each other’s research regardless of formal discipline. This approach has seen them make breakthroughs that would not have been possible if they had focused purely on one disease. The research is all being advanced with the help of fundraisers across the UK.”

Costain people have already begun fundraising for Cancer Research UK, including holding dress down days, a five-a-side tournament at the Crossrail Anglia project, and even boxing. In a fight night organised by Ultra White Collar Boxing, four of the Shieldhall team in Glasgow went toe-to-toe in the ring, raising over £1,300.

 “Our charity champions are inputting into a programme of events which has something everyone can get involved in, across the country”, says James York, Corporate Responsibility Manager. “The opportunities range from sporting events, such as half-marathons and triathlons, to campaigns such as Cancer Research UK’s Stand Up To Cancer . . Employees will be able to fundraise via Costain’s dedicated JustGiving page

Sophie Langman, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Cancer Research UK said: “We’re delighted that Costain has chosen Cancer Research UK as its Charity of the Year for 2017. We are the only charity fighting all 200 types of cancer, and rely on every penny donated to carry out our life-saving work.””