Dentsu Aegis Network Newcastle support Maggie’s Centre
At the start of the year, Dentsu Aegis Network, Newcastle, decided upon their local branch of national charity, Maggie’s Centre, as their chosen charity for 2018. Located in the grounds of the Freeman Hospital, Maggie’s is a charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.
The charity was nominated by SEO Executive, Layla Grant, who lost her best friend to cancer, and personally was already doing a lot to raise money and support the charity herself. Getting behind her and her fundraising was a no brainer for the team in Newcastle.
Corporate Social Responsibility is something which the employees, not only in Newcastle, but across Dentsu Aegis Network are truly passionate about. In Newcastle, activities are led by a team which is made up of Camille Carter, Rebecca McEwan, Layla Grant, Jenna Armstrong and Ceri Morgan. As well as plenty of fundraising, employees in Newcastle can often be found volunteering in schools around the region.
The teams aim at the start of the year was to raise £2000, and while they’re still adding up the final donations, they’re pretty close. Their fundraising progress can be checked on the teams JustGiving page below.
The most popular fundraising activity was the teams take on the Maggie’s to Maggie’s Step Challenge. Over seven days, in teams of 6 the guys walked an average of 16,000 steps per person, per day, covering the distance between all the DAN North offices. In total, they raised over £300 and covered more than 2.75 million steps!
Come September, after plenty of bake sales, a few hardcore members of the team, including Managing Director, Steve Underwood, who had spent some time in hospital with pneumonia earlier in the year, stepped up and took part in the famous Great North Run, raising a further £700 toward the Maggie’s total.
As the year comes to an end, the team have made the decision to continue supporting Maggie’s into 2019, after Newcastle Director, Ed Ammon, was diagnosed with Leukaemia back in October. Ed is using Maggie’s himself, which makes the fundraising efforts just that bit more important to all the team in Newcastle.