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Childhood cancer charity receives boost from local business community

Posted: 21/12/17 by Onefoursix Ltd

Childhood cancer charity receives boost from  local business community

Onefoursix, a Northampton-based marketing agency, has raised more than £1,300 to help families in the county affected by childhood cancers.

The company raised the money for childhood cancer charity Alfes Cause over the course of 2017 through hosting monthly Lunch and Learn events for local businesses at the Dapper Sandwich shop on Wellingborough Road. Around 15 people from businesses all over Northamptonshire attended each session to learn more about marketing methods that would get their businesses noticed and enjoy a Dapper Sandwich buffet and networking opportunities. Each delegate paid £15 a ticket to attend with any profits after the cost of the lunch going to Alfes Cause.

Dave Williams, managing director of Onefoursix, said: “Last year we managed to raise £1,000 for Alfes Cause, which we thought was amazing. This year, in a year that saw our Lunch and Learn sessions recognised in the Networking Group of the Year category at the SME Northamptonshire Business Awards, our events have grown in popularity and attracted lots of new faces. This has resulted in us being able to raise £1359.17 this year! Alfes Cause does such a tremendous job of supporting local families affected by childhood cancers and we know that this money will make a massive difference to so many lives when they need it the most.”

Alfes Cause was set up after Alfe Game fought and won a battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Alfe was just five years old when he was diagnosed and spent eight months receiving chemotherapy treatment. During this time, he ended up in intensive care and almost died twice. After going into remission in 2010, Alfe decided he wanted to do something to help other sick children and Alfes Cause was set up as a community group to offer support to families dealing with childhood cancer. After realising there were so many families affected, Alfes Cause became a registered charity in 2013 and currently works with more than 30 families in Northamptonshire, running monthly meetings and organising family-friendly events.

Karen Rogers, Alfe’s mother and trustee of Alfes Cause, said: “When Alfe was ill we met so many families who were affected by childhood cancer. We were lucky, Alfe went into remission, but so many of the children we met passed away. In the last year, thanks to the people who attended Lunch and Learn and other sponsors, we were able to organise a trip to Legoland and now host monthly afternoon teas, where our families can bring along extended family members. We have also started working with another charity to provide counselling for the children we work with and, with the money raised by Lunch and Learn this year, we can now fund 18 more counselling sessions, which is great news.”

Dave added: “It gives us great pleasure to present this cheque to Karen and I would like to thank everyone who has supported Lunch and Learn over the last 12 months.”

For more information on Onefoursix, visit www.onefoursix.co.uk. To find out more about Alfes Cause, visit www.alfescause.org.uk.

Pictured: Cheque presentation from Dave Williams to Karen Rogers.

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