Boost for cancer charity from Remploy Airdrie staff | Remploy

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Published Monday, 15th August 2016

The coffers of a charity which supports people with cancer has had a £750 boost thanks to a donation by staff at the Airdrie branch of Remploy.

Lorna presents cheque to ruth

The donation to Maggie’s has been made by the Remploy Employee Benefit Trust which acts on behalf of employees who own 30% of the company. The Trust this year received a 30% share of the company’s profits, half of which has been allocated to good causes.

The Remploy team in Airdrie received a £750 allocation to donate to a charity of their choice. The cheque was presented to Ruth Zokas, Maggie’s Lanarkshire Fundraising Organiser at the charity’s centre based at Monklands Hospital, Airdrie on 2 August.

Maggie’s centres provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres have professional staff on hand to offer support.

The first Maggie’s centre was opened in Edinburgh in 1996. Since then, Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 17 Centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK, online and abroad. Maggie’s programme of support has been shown to strengthen the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with cancer and their families and friends.

Ruth Zokas said: “The money donated today to Maggie’s by Remploy Airdrie will help towards the cost of running the centre, it will help fund our support groups and basic things like the cups of tea we provide. Maggie’s rely heavily on publication donations and are not funded by the NHS so the money donated today will really help anyone who comes through the door of a Maggie’s centre.”

Lorna Smith, Remploy Airdrie Business Manager said: “We chose Maggie’s Lanarkshire because of the support they give to those living with cancer also their families and friends in our local area. We felt that this donation fitted in well with Remploy’s mission to transform society and the lives of disabled people by supporting those with health conditions and enabling them to achieve their ambitions and maximise their potential.”

Each of Remploy’s 66 local teams around Britain was allocated a share of company profits to give to mission-related good causes and charities which work to help transform the lives of disabled people and those with health conditions..

Kathryn Wood, a trustee of the Remploy Employee Benefit Trust, said: “This year we expect to help over more than 100 local charities across Britain.”

Remploy, which used to be government-owned, moved into the private sector in April 2015 in a joint venture with MAXIMUS a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Remploy employees were gifted 30% of the joint venture company, a shareholding which is in the care of the Employee Benefit Trust. 


Picture caption: L-R Lorna Smith, Remploy Airdrie Business Manger presents

the cheque to Ruth Zokas, Maggie’s Lanarkshire Fundraising Organiser.

For further information, please contact:

David Felton 07803 214682

Notes to Editors:

  • Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
  • Since 2010, Remploy in Scotland has found almost 12,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, BT, Mitie, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS.
  • Remploy operates a free Workplace Mental Health Support Service to help maintain in employment people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.
  • It invests in developing innovative services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service.