The ten category
winners and twenty runners up at the third annual Vertas Making the Difference Staff Awards at Milsoms
Kesgrave Hall weren’t
the only ones celebrating on Friday night (2 March 2018.)
Vertas Group Limited
Chief Executive Officer Ian Surtees announced to 160 guests - made up of staff,
clients and partners - that the group has decided to support Cancer Research UK
as its official charity for a second year running.
Ian also presented a
cheque for £8,500 to Nichola Whymark from Cancer Research UK, which represents
the monies raised by staff and customers in this current financial year.
As well as school
bake sales, employee sporting events and monthly dress down days, each of the Vertas
directors has pledged to take on a fundraising challenge in 2018. Directors
Marcus Yarham and Jo Lardent have committed to a yet-to-be-announced quest,
while Ian Surtees will be cycling Coast to Coast, from the Cumbrian town of
Workington, finishing 150 miles later at Tynemouth.
His team of ‘Vertas
Coasters’ - Vertas Chairman Duncan Johnson, Non-executive Director Gerry Kassab
and Area Catering Manager Jon Lakin - will be dipping their bike wheels in the
Irish Sea on 10 April 2018. The Vertas Coasters are hoping to raise £1000 for
Nichola Whymark from Cancer Research UK says of
“Cancer Research UK
relies solely on the generosity of our supporters like Vertas. The money raised
to date could buy a microplate washer – a time saving device that frees up our
researchers to concentrate on ground-breaking science, instead of the washing
up! It could also fund our Cambridge Research Institute for one week. Thank you
to everyone at Vertas and their suppliers for their amazing continued support.
Together we will beat cancer sooner.”
Surtees, Vertas Group Limited’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
“At the beginning of
the 2017/18 financial year we started supporting Cancer Research UK by crowning
them our Charity of the Year, as chosen by members of staff due to the
incredible life-saving work the charity carries out.
I am delighted to
announce that our charitable partnership with Cancer Research UK will continue
for a further year into 2018/19; giving us the chance to continue raising much
needed funds for the study into a disease that affects so many.”
"Thank you to everyone at Vertas and their suppliers for their amazing continued support. Together we will beat cancer sooner.”