Marie Curie Ambassador and football pundit Chris Kamara has backed a Yorkshire Building Society football fundraising challenge in Carnoustie which it hopes will shoot it towards its £1 million target for the Hour of Need campaign.
The Society’s agency, at Walker Dunnett & Co on the High Street, will be inviting customers and the public to become fundraising fans and support a Keepy Uppy Challenge on Wednesday, June 29, in aid of Marie Curie.
Colleagues will be trying to do as many keepy uppies – touches of a football to keep it off the ground - as they can in an hour to raise money for the Hour of Need campaign. Every £20 raised will fund one hour of Marie Curie nursing care.
There will also be football themed cakes for sale and a guess the football sweets in a jar competition with every £20 funding one hour of Marie Curie nursing care.
Chris Kamara, said: “There has been some unbelievable fundraising happening for Marie Curie, thanks to Yorkshire Building Society’s Hour of Need campaign.
“This is why I am backing Society colleagues in Carnoustie that are taking part in a Marie Curie Keepy Uppy challenge.
“Customers and colleagues from around the country have so far helped to raise a fantastic £900,000 and with continued support, we can help them on their way to reaching their £1 million goal.”
Andrew Walker, proprietor of the Society’s Carnoustie agency, said: “We’re so proud that customers in Carnoustie have helped us be on the ball and make this the Society’s most successful ever national fundraising campaign. The Hour of Need campaign is having a real impact on terminally ill people and their families and we will continue to raise even more money throughout the rest of the year.
“We’ve all been practicing our keepy uppies ahead of the challenge and hope we get plenty of local support on the day.”
The Society’s Hour of Need campaign was launched in 2014 with the aim of raising £500,000 by December 2016. Thanks to the strength of support this was reached a year early with the current total standing at over £900,000, the Society has now set its sights on reaching £1million.
If you would like to make a donation in support of the Hour of Need campaign, then please visit www.justgiving.com/hourofneed