Big Day for Marie Curie’s Big Build


Staff from niche-vehicle manufacturer, Allied Vehicles, rallied round for a fun filled fund-raising day in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Big Build Appeal.

The Glasgow Big Build Appeal, which is sponsored by Smooth Radio, aims to raise £16.1 million to build a modern hospice in Glasgow that will offer state-of-the-art care to its residents and improve patient comfort, privacy and care.

Food and Fund-raising

To raise money for this fantastic cause Allied encouraged staff to dress down for a £1, which proved a great way to raise some fast cash!  But the money-maker that really got staff talking was the bring and buy home baking stall.

A large number of staff brought a selection of delights to be sold on the stall.  They included cream filled chocolate cakes, empire biscuits, rocky road and fruit loaf.  The anticipation was too much for some staff, whose eyes were fixed on the stall until the bell rang to signal its opening.

Wes Irving, sales executive with Allied Vehicles, said: “The amount of baking that was donated was unbelievable. Everyone put in a big effort to raise as much money for Marie Curie.  Unfortunately my eyes were too big for my belly and I ended up with a sore tummy from all the sweet delights!”

Staff from Allied’s Marketing Department were kept busy manning the stall and catering for people’s tea breaks throughout the company.

Sing-a-long with Smooth

Smooth Radio visited Allied at the end of their fund-raising frenzy to talk about the day and how much had been raised.  Allied decided to give Smooth Radio and their listeners a treat by gathering together for an on air sing-a-long.

Natalie McClure, Allied’s Marketing Manager, said: “I was interviewed by Smooth presenter Emma, but I wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance to be heard on air.  A group of staff from departments all round the company came together to sing Hey Baby and it was a great way to round off our day.”

The End Result

From all their efforts Allied managed to raise over £200 and Allied chairman, Gerry Facenna, kindly offered to match anything the staff raised on the day, bringing the total to over £400.

Head of Presentation for Smooth Radio, Gerry Burke said, “I really want to thank Allied Vehicles for all their efforts on Smooth Radio’s ‘Big Wednesday.’  Without companies like Allied taking part and doing their bit in fund-raising, Big Wednesday wouldn’t have been the huge success that it was.”

All money raised will go directly to Marie Curie’s Big Build Appeal.

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