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Published Friday, 3rd February 2017

Staff of Remploy, the disability employment specialists, have made a £50,000 donation to Cancer Research UK to show their support and help beat over 200 types of cancer.

Employee Benefit Trust, Remploy, Cancer Research

Staff of Remploy, the disability employment specialists, have made a £50,000 donation to Cancer Research UK to show their support and help beat over 200 types of cancer.
 
Remploy left government ownership in April 2015 with employees owning a 30% stake in the company which is held in an Employee Benefit Trust (EBT). As shareholders they choose to use a proportion of the profits to help good causes in line with Remploy’s mission and values.
 
The Trust is also building a new partnership with Cancer Research UK which will provide opportunities for Remploy staff to volunteer in charity shops across the UK, at events and for disabled jobseekers to work with the national charity.
 
A spokesperson for the Employee Benefit Trust said: “We’re delighted to present £50,000 to Cancer Research UK and to work closely with them in the future. They are a very worthy cause and we look forward to working with them as our charity of the year and on the exciting new partnership opportunities, which will help drive Remploy’s mission to transform society and the lives of disabled people.”
 
The new partnership will enable closer working between the two organisations, with work placement opportunities at the charity’s network of shops and events, knowledge sharing and sessions with a Cancer Research UK nurse. The aim is also to provide information packs about cancer to help jobseekers affected by the disease who Remploy are helping to find a job.
 
Tracey Jones, Local Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK said: “We are extremely grateful and happy that Remploy have chosen Cancer Research UK  to be their Charity Partner. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to make this happen. All funds raised will go towards the charity’s research to beat over 200 types of cancer, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
 
She added: “Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its groundbreaking research.  So funds raised through supporters like Remploy and their customers is crucial to the work of doctors, nurses and scientists who work day and night to fight cancer on all fronts.”
 
Cancer Research UK support research into all types of cancer, across all age groups and focus their efforts in four key areas – working to help prevent cancer, diagnose it earlier, develop new treatments and optimise current treatments by personalising them and making them even more effective. Their ambition is see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years.
 
Gareth Parry, Chief Executive of Remploy said: “EBT donations are selected by our employees to benefit charities and organisations close to their heart. Many of our employees will have been touched by cancer or know someone who has. £50,000 is a significant donation, made possible thanks to the participation and buy-in from employees, it will hopefully help in the fight against this horrible disease.”
 
Many local good causes have already benefitted from grants made by Remploy employees this year, including When you wish upon a Star, Bristol based food bank Fareshare, Ystrad Recycling, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and Wenlo Riding for the Disabled.
 
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About Remploy
●       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 has found more than 100,000 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
●     In March 2015, Remploy entered into 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 and on 7 April 2015 Remploy left government ownership in the joint venture in which Remploy employees have a 30% stake.
●       It invests in developing innovative services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
 
About Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last forty years.
Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.