Fundraiser helps with the fight against cancer

On Your Marks Fun Day at Bruntingthorpe. Picture by Phil Barnfield.
On Your Marks Fun Day at Bruntingthorpe. Picture by Phil Barnfield.

An annual family fun day organised by a major employer in Lutterworth raised more than £46,000 for a charity which helps fight cancer.

Asda’s On Your Marks event was held at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and Airfield in the summer but the Magna Park-based firm announced the final fundraising total last month.

It raised an impressive £46,200 which will be presented to the Orchid charity soon.

Orchid was established in 1996 as a charity to fight male cancer. It is one of Asda’s nominated charities.

John Forde is one of the two Asda employees who started On Your Marks at Bruntingthorpe more than a decade ago.

He said: “Last year we raised £32,000 and thought that was a brilliant result.

“At this year’s event people were even more generous. We are really proud of the record sum raised.

“We have to thank everyone at C Walton Ltd for their continued support and for their help in making it the biggest and most successful Bruntingthorpe event of the year.”

Since the event for Asda staff and their families began, almost £300,000 has now been raised for various charities.

Three children’s cancer charities were also invited along to the event.

Children with cancer and their families were given special passes so they could enjoy themselves on all the attractions throughout the day.

Mr Forde said: “There were several highlights on the day, but for many it was the appearance of The Stig from TV’s Top Gear programme who gave children from the cancer charities the drive of their life.

“And he stayed all day, much to the delight of the crowds.”

More than 15,000 people attended, each of them helping to make it as successful fundraiser.

Bruntingthorpe managing director David Walton said: “It was a record day all round and we were again pleased to support an event that not only gives pleasure to many on the day but also helps to fund research in the fight against cancer.

“It might be that Orchid is an unfamiliar name to many.

“But the charity works tirelessly to fight male cancer.

“More than 43,000 men were diagnosed with a male-specific cancer in 2013.

“From sons to grandfathers, all men face the risk.”

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