Volunteers from Wincanton, Britain’s largest logistics company, spent yesterday redecorating at Coping with Cancer’s Helen Webb House in Leicester to provide a welcoming environment for patients and their families.
Around 40 Wincanton employees spent the day repainting the entire ground floor of the cancer care facility on Westleigh Road, which is run by Coping with Cancer in Leicestershire & Rutland.
The day was organised by the business charity Leicestershire Cares and is part of Coping with Cancer’s activities and fundraising during its 35th anniversary. Individuals and businesses are being invited to take on the “Challenge 35” initiative to support Coping with Cancer’s work with the 600-plus people it helps each year.
Juliet Stonehouse, fundraising coordinator at Coping with Cancer, said: “The Wincanton volunteers have worked wonders. They have painted a huge area, including the hall where our support groups meet and therapy rooms where patients receive complementary therapies and counselling.
“Everything they have done has made our building feel warmer and more welcoming to the people we work with, who have been diagnosed with cancer or are supporting someone who has.
“We simply wouldn’t have the money or the manpower to do what Wincanton’s team of volunteers did. Our heartfelt thanks go to them and we hope more people and businesses will take on our ‘Challenge 35’ in 2016. It can be fundraising for 35 minutes, baking 35 cupcakes for sale, setting a target to raise a minimum £350 – whatever people think they can achieve to help us to help Leicestershire people with cancer.”
Katharine Lightbown, community development manager at Leicestershire Cares, said: “The volunteers have worked exceptionally hard to redecorate the centre. And we can’t thank them enough for their support and dedication which will make a significant difference to the people visiting Helen Webb House.”
Liam McElroy, managing director of retail at Wincanton, added: “Coping with Cancer is an important part of the local community and provides a valuable service for people coping with cancer. As a local employer we recognise the impact that this can have and were eager to lend our support to the cause.
“We would like to thank our customers, Sainsbury’s, the Co-op, B&Q and Screwfix, who have supported and helped make this event possible by donating refreshments and equipment to carry out the renovations.”