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Chemohero continues

Chemohero for 2021

As the second lockdown comes to an end charities are counting the cost of not only having to close their shops but having gone through another long period of time without fundraising events. Some businesses, though, have continued to support the charity sector as best they can. At Atlas Packaging in Barnstaple, North Devon they are handing over £500 this week to Chemohero. As the company’s Managing Director Jason Sharman (pictured) explains they would have bought small festive gifts to give to customers but have instead given that money to the charity.

“Usually we would be visiting our customers before Christmas as we’d discuss their packaging for the year ahead and drop in a small gift. But obviously that isn’t essential this year as we can talk to them via video call. So we thought the money we would have spent doing that would be better off being given to our charity of the year Chemohero.”

 

 

Changing plans

The cardboard box makers had to scrap many of their planned events to fundraise for their charity of the year but have still raised more than £3000 for Chemohero since March. Machine operator Leah Bolton (pictured with Lisa Wallis co-founder of Chemohero) challenged herself to ride 100 miles on her bike, they’ve held a staff raffle and employees also took part in a ‘silly shirts’ day. Atlas has announced that it’ll continue to have Chemohero as its charity of the year into 2021. The news has been welcomed by Rob Wallis from the charity that provides boxes of handy items and gifts for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

“We’re delighted that Atlas Packaging has made us their charity of the year again. The support of businesses like Atlas is so important to small charities like ours who don’t have any other source of funding apart from donations. This latest £500 they’ve generously provided will be used to buy extra small gifts that we’ll be giving to all chemotherapy patients in Barnstaple throughout December. It’s become something of a tradition for us to do this and had we not had this money it might not have been possible.”

 

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