Staff members, family and friends of Robus Group, a local Insurance management company, completed a 24-hour badminton challenge on 28th-29th January raising £30,673 for the Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief.
The idea originated following the news that a long-serving staff member had been diagnosed with cancer and had received valuable assistance from the Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief (“GSCR”). To demonstrate support for their colleague and the charity, the Robus team occupied a badminton court at the Rohais Badminton Halls for a 24-hour period, taking turns to play through the day and night.
Commenting on the event Jamie Polson, Managing Director of Robus Guernsey, said “We were all extremely upset by the news of the cancer diagnosis that our colleague shared earlier last year. As a close-knit office, we wanted to show our support during this difficult time by raising funds for an important, locally based cancer charity.”
“The event was an overwhelming success. The incredible generosity of our clients, business partners, family and friends has taken us aback and the level of donations received more than made up for our tired and aching bodies! We also need to say a massive thank you to the Guernsey Badminton Association for providing a court free of charge. Without them, the event would not have been possible.”
The GSCR provides financial assistance to Guernsey-based cancer sufferers and their families. This includes financial assistance for travel, accommodation, nursing care, utility bills and much more. Peter Atkinson, Chairman of the charity said;
“The Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief is very grateful to the Robus Group and their staff and supporters who raised so much for the Charity at the 24-hour badminton-athon. This was a hugely successful event.
“The funds will help us continue our work giving financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. We give help to several people every week and the demand for our help does not diminish.”
Robus is owned by the Ardonagh Group, the UK's largest independent insurance distribution network. The funds raised by Robus were kindly doubled by the company’s charitable arm, the Ardonagh Charitable Trust.