Building Cancer Support

Travis Perkins, Benchmarx and Macmillan are working together to build support for people living with cancer and their families. We are doing this by raising money to fund essential services and increasing awareness of the support available.

Since the partnership began in 2015, employees, customers and suppliers have embraced the Macmillan cause wholeheartedly; whether it’s a fun in-store dress down day, a raffle, a collection or fundraising product promotion, everyone has got involved and made the partnership a resounding success so far.

To date, Travis Perkins and Benchmarx have raised an incredible £2,127,187 for Macmillan. To put this into perspective, this is enough to fund 40 Macmillan nurses for a year, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. As the partnership is entering its fourth year, we are eager to raise a further £1 million in 2018 to help ensure that more people can receive the help and advice they need.

Today, there are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. People like Gary, who was sadly diagnosed with leukaemia in 2008 followed by a rare form of kidney cancer in 2009.

“The second diagnosis hit me very hard because I thought, ‘How unlucky am I?’ It’s bad enough being diagnosed with cancer once, let alone twice.” says Gary. “Macmillan has been like a safety net for me. They’ve made a difficult time a lot less traumatic.”

Find out more about Gary's story here.

With the number of people living with cancer rising to 4 million by 2030, the need for Macmillan’s support has never been greater. Travis Perkins and Benchmarx have committed to partnering with Macmillan until December 2019 and together we are looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.

If you’ve been affected by cancer and want to talk, just say the word. The Macmillan Support Line is available for everything from talking through health, money or work worries, to just a chat.

Call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm) or visit https://www.macmillan.org.uk/ for more information.

Just Say the Word and ‘Go Green’

From 23 rd April – 6 th May, Travis Perkins and Benchmarx are coming together to encourage more staff, customers and men in general to speak up and ‘Just Say the Word’ about cancer.

There are an estimated one million men living with a cancer diagnosis in the UK, yet men find it increasingly difficult to talk about cancer. As our business has many male employees, customers and suppliers, we are uniquely placed to help Macmillan reach and encourage men to speak up and seek support when they need it.

As part of the Just Say the Word awareness campaign, Benchmarx and Travis Perkins employees will be Going Green for the day on Tuesday 24 th April to try and raise £140,000 of vital funds to help the millions of people affected by cancer. So please join us and get involved in our Go Green fundraising extravaganza by being as wacky and creative as you like – just remember if it’s green, it goes!

Check out the campaign page for more information - www.macmillan.org.uk/saytheword.

Challenge Events: Mighty Hikes & Tough Mudder

Do you feel like getting active this year? Why not take on a challenge event this summer to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Either grab your team mates and get ready for a muddy obstacle challenge with the infamous Tough Mudder or take on one of Macmillan’s very own one-day hiking marathons with a Might Hike and journey to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the UK.

Take a look at Macmillan’s fundraising events page for more details on how to sign up and help us get one step closer to hitting that £1 million mark this year!

Thank you again to all staff and customers at Travis Perkins for your continued support.

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