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We put the fun in fundraising and throw ourselves into all sorts of activities to help charities and good causes. You bet we're proud to make a difference. In 2017 we partnered with The Give a Duck Foundation, raising £65,000 for the children's cancer charity.
The Great Charity Pitch - Our 2018 Partner
Every year we choose a different charity to support by asking our colleagues to tell us who they would like to see Sky Betting & Gaming support. We then ask the people who suggested them to stand up in front of their colleagues and pitch for the cause that's closest to their hearts.
It's always a difficult decision. But this time around, Chloe's pitch for Candlelighters won the hearts of the many and secured the majority vote. With plans to raise thousands of pounds for families in Yorkshire affected by cancer, Sky Betting & Gaming will offer Candlelighters a special focus from their community engagement, volunteering and fundraising activities throughout the year to help them bring light and hope to families affected by cancer.
Candlelighters was one of six charities shortlisted, with runners up; The Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Macmillan UK, Retired Greyhound Trust, Mind and SSAFA – The armed forces charity, each securing a £500 donation.
The charity was put forward by Sky Betting & Gaming Receptionist, Chloe Cross, who cried tears of joy when she was able to deliver the news to Candlelighters that colleagues had overwhelmingly chosen to support them. Chloe made the pitch on behalf of her friend whose 18 month old son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer affecting mostly children under 5. Chloe has previously been involved in pioneering Sky Betting & Gaming’s first children’s toy bank for young cancer patients based at the Leeds General Infirmary.
“Candleighters provided support for my friend and her family when they needed it most and it is truly amazing to be able to bring the charity this gift in return - a partnership worth thousands of pounds. I’m so grateful to everyone who voted for this special cause and look forward to our year of fundraising." Chloe explained.
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