Charity begins and ends at home for local estate agency
A year-long ‘Charity begins at Home’ partnership whereby local estate agency Matthews Benjamin and Fine & Country Lakes and North Lancashire donated money to Rosemere Cancer Foundation for every house sale it completed has come to an end after raising a magnificent £16,478.39.
The money is to go to Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s new 20 Years Anniversary Appeal, which launched just last month (March) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Rosemere Cancer Centre, Lancashire and South Cumbria’s regional specialist cancer treatment centre in Preston, which is managed by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.
Through this appeal, which has an ambitious £1.5 million target, Rosemere Cancer Foundation is aiming to equip the centre with the world’s most advanced robotic surgical system to enable more patients to undergo keyhole rather than open surgery.
It is also funding a state-of-the-art research facility within the centre to give more patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials in order that they have access to the newest medicines and therapies currently being developed and to the modernisation of the in-patient Ribblesdale Ward.
As well as making donations on properties sold, Matthews Benjamin and Fine & Country Lakes and North Lancashire had collections tins in its four offices in Lancaster, Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside and also sponsored 70 places in last year’s Great North Swim, which was held on Lake Windermere.
Its support of Rosemere Cancer Foundation came about as a tribute to former company managing director David Benjamin.
Morecambe-born Mr Benjamin, a married father-of-three sons who lived in Ambleside, founded Matthews Benjamin in 1993 with business partner Peter Matthews, before joining forces in 2006 with partner, Andrew Kneale, who set up the company’s Fine & Country Lakes and North Lancashire element. Sadly, Mr Benjamin, a former patient at Rosemere Cancer Centre, died of skin cancer aged just 53-years-old in summer 2015.
Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s corporate fundraising manager Cathy Skidmore said: “The support we have received from Matthews Benjamin and Fine & Country Lakes and North Lancashire has been fantastic. We are truly grateful for the commitment it has shown to us.
“Although ‘Charity begins at Home’ has come to an end, the company has already entered a team in a June charity golf day at Morecambe Golf Club that is raising funds for us and has committed to support other future events.”
The donation from ‘Charity begins at Home’ comes on top of a massive £122,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation last year from Mr Benjamin’s widow Deborah, who also works as a partner for Matthew Benjamin and Fine & Country Lakes and North Lancashire, and their sons James (26), Alex (23) and Oliver (19).
For further information on Rosemere Cancer Foundation, its work, including the 20 Years Anniversary Appeal and how to donate, visit its website at www.rosemere.org.uk