JMK Solicitors raises £13,000 for pediatric cancer charity
Paul Cooney, Jonathan McKeown and Alex Murdock
Staff at JMK Lawyers and CRASH services have raised £13,000 so far in 2021 in the second year of their partnership with a charity partner Cancer fund for children.
The charity supports children and youth with cancer or living with a parent with cancer. It provides support in their home, community, in the hospital ward and at their residential centre, Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, with the aim of ensuring that no family gets cancer alone.
Jonathan McKeown, Chairman of JMK Solicitors and CEO of CRASH Services, said: “We are delighted to support the Children’s Cancer Fund during what must have been a very difficult two years for charities across the province.
“While we are still unable to run some in-person fundraising events, our employees continue to come up with compelling fundraising challenges. Not only did they raise money, but they also raised employee morale at a time when many of the team are still working remotely.
“We’ve run fitness challenges, sweepstakes, an Easter coloring contest and our biggest fundraiser to date, Fleet Director Paul Cooney’s bike ride from Belfast to Derry/Londonderry. Our kind-hearted employees have also chosen to participate in a monthly salary sacrifice schedule where a fixed amount is donated each month that goes directly to the charity.”
Alex Murdock, corporate fundraiser at Cancer Fund for Children, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to continue to work with the amazing teams from both JMK Solicitors and CRASH Services as we enter the second year of our partnership, and I am once again blown away by their dedication and energy in supporting the Children’s Cancer Fund.
“From corporate contributions to staff paychecks, their ‘Lockdown Night In’ competition, taking part in our ‘Spring in Your Step’ challenge, the Easter coloring contest and team members participating in the Belfast City Virtual Half Marathon, this year was non-stop ; and it was not just about supporting local families affected by cancer, but also supporting the team by boosting well-being during a very difficult year.”
He added: “To top it all off, I recently joined CRASH Fleet Director Paul Cooney and his amazing troop for his incredible cycling challenge from Belfast to L/Derry which raised over a phenomenal £9,000.
“It has been a pleasure to join the team whenever possible to personally thank you for helping us ensure that no child has to face cancer alone, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. will take half of the year. I know it will be just as great as the first half!”