Corporate partnerships: Vision Express pays tribute to Childhood Eye Cancer Trust ambassadors

Plus: Furley Page staff help Pilgrim Hospice to fundraise; and Commsworld pledges £1,000 to Action for Children before sleep-out

Sebastian Burrell with his mum Pippa (right) and Vision Express optical assistant Brooke Barnett
Sebastian Burrell with his mum Pippa (right) and Vision Express optical assistant Brooke Barnett

The opticians Vision Express paid tribute to 27 volunteers who have survived a rare form of cancer and are now ambassadors for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust. The volunteers, who have all survived retinoblastoma, were each awarded a medal recognising their awareness-raising work and a pair of custom-made protective goggles to help them take part in sports and physical activity. The youngest ambassador to be recognised was 19-month-old Sebastian Burrell. Vision Express stores have raised £20,000 for the Chect in recent months and at the prize-giving ceremony, which also marked the charity’s 30th anniversary, a cheque was presented to the charity’s chief executive, Patrick Tonks.

Staff at the Kent-based law firm Furley Page took part in the Pilgrim Hospice A Night to Shine fundraising event on 29 September. Wearing luminous outfits and carrying paper lanterns, the staff members walked 5km in the dark through Canterbury, joining more than 1,400 people taking part in simultaneous events in Ashford and Broadstairs. Furley Page’s foundation also sponsored the event.

The Scottish technology company Commsworld has pledged £1,000 to Action for Children as three of the company’s staff prepare to take part in the charity’s Byte Night sleep-out event. Jane McVey, Mark Wright and Paul Moore will raise funds by sleeping out in Glasgow city centre equipped with only sleeping bags and emergency survival kits, including umbrellas, foil blankets and torches. Byte Night is a national event for workers in the technology industry and is in its tenth year.

A Yorkshire-based events company that offers yurts for hire will this Christmas help to build a home for a Mongolian family in need. Yorkshire Yurts has promised to donate £1 for every one of its "Ski Boot" drinks sold at its Yurt Bar Christmas parties to the Christina Noble Foundation. The charity, which works to combat poverty in Vietnam and Mongolia, is raising money to build traditional Mongolian tents, known as yurts or gers, through its Give a Ger programme.

The insurance company Legal & General has announced a partnership with Hospice UK, the umbrella charity for hospices, for Hospice Care Week. During Hospice Care Week, which began yesterday, Legal & General employees are working with Hospice UK to help dispel some of the myths that surround hospice care. An event at the Legal & General offices in Hove, East Sussex, will celebrate everyone involved in hospice care and share the experiences of L&G staff who volunteer to raise awareness of the work hospices do.

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