Together we can give people the early diagnosis they need. Working with partners allows us to increase public awareness and income and to develop a programme of engagement that works for your organisation.
Are you a company or business?
Why not associate with a local cause known to your staff and their family and your customers. We will work with you to create fundraising and volunteer opportunities. We can achieve impact and media coverage and help you to achieve your charity goals - as well as raising vital funds for Cobalt.
Local technology company IRESS has chosen to support us with a year-long partnership including volunteering and a variety of fundraising activities. The global company employs just under 700 people in the UK, of which over 250 are based in Cheltenham. IRESS supplies technology solutions for clients across the financial services market.
This partnership has been enabled by the IRESS Foundation, a global initiative launched in March 2017 to actively support those less fortunate by supporting regional community initiatives with volunteering and fundraising. The support provided by IRESS will go towards Cobalt’s Dementia Futures Fund, which will improve the way we diagnose and treat dementia. The Dementia Futures Fund will support two Research Nurses and scans that not only enable the early diagnosis of the disease but also the treatment and wellbeing of local dementia patients.
Nationwide Building Society
Staff at Nationwide building society teamed up with us to raise funds for a new MRI scanner. The team set themselves a demanding £10,000 target. The team organised the Battle of the Bank quiz, held cake sales, a sponsored head shave and leg wax and ran 5K as a team in the Cheltenham Challenge.
Leanne Dalby, Senior Branch Manager, Nationwide Building Society said “We were delighted to fundraise for Cobalt. We chose the charity as a number of staff and customers’ lives have been touched by cancer and early diagnosis is so essential.”
Julia Jenkins, Head of Fundraising, Cobalt said: ‘Leanne and her staff have worked really hard to raise all of this money for us and we are over the moon with our early Christmas present. The money will be put towards the costs of a brand new scanner which has already seen 2,500 patients. Many of these patients like Val, are at the heart of our local community and affected by cancer, dementia and other conditions’.
Nationwide are keen supporters of the community. 75% of the building society employees get involved in fundraising, volunteering or payroll giving. The staff in the branch also used some of their volunteer hours to help Cobalt at events and to run challenges in the branch to raise the money.
Cheltenham based waste collection service Printwaste have been supporting Cobalt for seven years. Cobalt to help people recycle their cards after Christmas. Printwaste provide office friendly collection bins for their customers and have more bins available for companies wanting to join in and help Cobalt. Donated cards are then be upcycled by volunteers into new greetings cards to raise funds for the Charity. Printwaste, who specialise in shredding and recycling remove any waste including trimmings.
Christopher Robins, Head of Marketing, Printwaste said “By working together with Cobalt we can make the production of their greetings cards through recycling much more feasible. Christmas cards continue to be a great tradition. However they do generate a great deal of waste. Together with Cobalt and our customer base we can capitalise on a fantastic opportunity that not only benefits the environment through reuse but also raises important funds for diagnostic imaging.”
Schools and Educational Institutions
Our Educational Partnership can include partnering with Cobalt to collect and selling greeting cards, fun card making workshops as well as educational workshops and presentations on cancer prevention. The presentations are customised for different year/ability groups and are fun, interactive and informative. We will also support you with lots of ideas for fundraising activities.
'We enjoyed learning about what is in a cigarette, because we learned something new and thought it was interesting, which changed our minds about smoking' Year 6 pupil, Carrant Brook Junior School, Tewkesbury
We can provide an interesting and exciting educational opportunity for your team/members through organising visits to the Cobalt Imaging Centre and through a range of talks from experienced volunteers, Cobalt Staff and from our Cancer Prevention Team. We can also help to generate new and interesting PR opportunities, both locally and nationally.
Sunrise Rotary Club in Cheltenham donated specialist chairs and television sets for use by cancer patients being treated at charity Cobalt’s Imaging Centre. The chairs include features to make patients more comfortable and to incorporate therapies. Televisions provide a welcome distraction for therapy.
Richard Newton, President of Cheltenham Sunrise Rotary Club said ‘Local charity Cobalt does amazing work for this community. We had a fascinating visit to see this state of the art facility and feedback already from the patients is amazing as they can now spend the time reclining in soft comfortable chairs while having their treatments.’
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