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Benjamin Gardner
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benjamin.gardner@uk.experian.com

Experian announces Macmillan as its Charity of the Year for the second year running

Experian®, the global information services company, today announced that Macmillan Cancer Support is its UK Charity of the Year for 2009 for the second year running.

Charles Byrne, Head of Corporate Partnerships and Events at Macmillan, said: “We are very excited to be Experian’s charity partner for 2009. Experian’s employees showed real dedication and passion in their fundraising for Macmillan in 2008 and their continued efforts will take us even closer to reaching everyone who needs our help. There are over two million people living with cancer in the UK, which means that support from a global business like Experian is invaluable in helping us to reach and improve the lives of every one of them.”

To kick-start fundraising, four intrepid Experian employees are to embark on a cycle ride from Nottingham to London for a delivery with a personal touch. The quartet will deliver a cheque to for £76,000 to Macmillan’s head office, the proceeds of Experian’s fundraising over the last year for the charity. Although a feat in itself, this is just the warm-up for the mammoth ride the team has agreed to take part in during June from Paris to Monte Carlo with all proceeds going to Macmillan. Led by John Jennings, Operations Director of Experian’s Interactive division, the team have set themselves a fundraising target of £50,000.

John commented: “When I heard Experian would be supporting Macmillan again for the second year running, I was really keen to get involved with the fundraising.  The ride to London will be a nice warm up for the 700 miles of blood, sweat and gears we have to conquer in the summer. We are all keen cyclists, so we’re really looking forward to the ride and raising the money to help this great cause.”

Throughout the year, Experian will be working directly with Macmillan’s fundraising team to roll out a major fundraising programme across the UK.  Just some of the fundraising activities planned include:

  • Four dedicated Macmillan fundraising weeks throughout the year – to undertake company-wide activities involving Experian’s 3,500 employees
  • Prizes for fundraising initiatives – encouraging Experian employees to come up with unique and highly successful ways for raising money for Macmillan
  • 3,500 Macmillan collection boxes - one on every Experian employee’s desk to collect donations and loose change 

Charlotte Hogg, Managing Director for Experian in the UK & Ireland, commented:
“Macmillan is clearly a great choice for our charity of the year. It is a cause that our people have really got behind and one that has captured everyone’s imagination when it comes to how we raise money for the charity. Encouraging our people to get involved in fundraising sits at the heart of our community programme and we are pleased to be supporting Macmillan for the second year in a row.”

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