East Midlands-based Encore champions cancer charity

Ian Briers trains for his charity marathon.

Recruitment agency, Encore Personnel has pledged its support to national children’s charity, Children with Cancer UK, setting a target to raise more than £20,000 over the next year for the organisation.

Giving back to local charities and communities has always been part of Encore’s code and culture. Each year, the agency – which has a head office based in Leicester as well as two offices Nottingham and Derby – chooses a charity to support which is close to an employee’s heart or has had a direct impact on them or a close family member.

This year, staff chose to raise monies for Children with Cancer UK. The charity provides support for children with cancer and their families. Funding research at centres of excellence across the country, the charity works to drive up cancer survival rates and ensure effective treatments are found.

Ian Briers, Sales Director at Encore Personnel said: “I am delighted that we have chosen Children with Cancer UK as this year’s charity. The organisation provides a vital service to children and families, helping to combat this devastating disease. I have seen first-hand the excellent work they do and I know the difference they can make to people’s lives.

“Team members at Encore have already been keen to throw their hat in the ring and take on charity challenges to raise as much money as possible. I will be running in the London Marathon in April and we will see dress down days, bake sales and more.”

Ashleigh McCluskey, Children with Cancer UK Regional Fundraising Manager, said: “We are hugely thankful to Encore Personnel for choosing Children with Cancer UK as its charity of the year for 2019 and for pledging to raise £20,000. Our supporters help us make a real difference to children’s lives and we greatly appreciate Encore’s assistance in fighting childhood cancer and ensuring more children ring the end of treatment bell.”

July will see Encore Personnel taking on the Peak District 50km Challenge. Encore employees will take to the Peaks and attempt to walk the 50km route in under 12 hours.

In addition, Encore staff will be joining Ian and fellow Director Chris Hockey on a gruelling coast to coast challenge from Whitehaven to Tynemouth in September, which will total 166 miles over the course of three days.

This is not the first time that Encore has chosen to support children’s charities. Last year, the team selected to support Sick Children’s Trust, Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent (Cancer Charity for Children and Young People) as its charities of the year, raising an astounding £18,000.

Ian added: “As a business, we understand that it is important to give back to charities and organisations that provide a much-needed service in the communities in which we operate. As part of this, we have always encouraged staff to put forward charities that have impacted them or a family or friend so we can all support a charity that we are truly passionate about.”