Iceland Foods has presented a cheque for £135,000 from the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation to Prostate Cancer UK, following the retailer’s record-breaking annual Charity Amateur Golf Classic day in September. The latest cheque brings Iceland’s total donations to the charity over the last six years to more than £660,000.
Nick Canning, Iceland Executive Director for People & Customers, presented the cheque to Mark Bishop (Director of Fundraising) and Megan Edwards (Corporate Partners Executive) of Prostate Cancer UK at Iceland’s head office in Deeside, Flintshire.
The 2013 Iceland Charity Amateur Golf Classic was the 21st of these annual events and raised a record £271,000 for two great causes, Prostate Cancer UK and Alzheimer’s Research UK, with the proceeds divided equally between them. This year’s fantastic result brought the grand total raised for charities by the Iceland Charity Amateur Golf Classic since its inception to almost £2.5 million.
The golf event at Carden Park Hotel in Cheshire in September 2013 was attended by more than 75 of Iceland’s suppliers, playing in teams of four, followed by a Gala dinner attended by over 340 guests.
As well as supporting the charity at its annual golf day, Iceland has recently supported Prostate Cancer UK’s latest campaign, Men United v Prostate Cancer. By signing up to the Men United team and donating 50p for every person who also signs they raised £50,000 for the charity. Iceland staff have also been sporting their team scarves in a bid to spread further awareness and help in the fight against the disease.
Iceland Executive Director Nick Canning said: "Everyone at Iceland would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone involved with our golf event, particularly all our suppliers who so generously helped us to raise this record sum by taking part in the tournament, advertising in our brochure, sponsoring prizes in our charity auction and then bidding against each other to win them! I am delighted that, through their support, we are again able to make a significant donation to Prostate Cancer UK to help its excellent work for those suffering from the most common cancer among men in the UK."
Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, Mark Bishop, said: "Once again we are delighted to have been part of Iceland’s Charity Amateur Golf Classic and our thanks go to everyone involved with the event and who helped to raise such a fantastic contribution to our work.
"Each year in the UK, over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and one man dies every hour from the disease. The money raised from Iceland’s golf day, and support given through the Men United campaign, will help us to provide vital information and support to men, and find answers by funding research into causes and treatments."