£65k raised for cancer research



UK industry raises £65,000 for cancer research


OPI recognised for gaining the highest amount of sponsorship


On Friday 12 November, members of the UK office products industry, including a team from OPI, took part in the Climb of Life to raise more than £65,000 ($104,000) for the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). A total of 120 participants led by 11 mountain leaders climbed a series of peaks in the Lake District, braving winds of up to 70 miles per hour and carrying out climbs that took up to seven hours.


This was OPI’s first year participating in the climb, which is organised by Office Friendly Chairman Graeme Chapman. Going in with a bang, OPI was recognised for being the corporate team to raise the most amount of sponsorship, reaching a total of almost £20,000 ($31,000).


The OPI team, named in the order they appear in the photograph below with Graeme Chapman (centre), comprised Stephen Dias (Business Development Executive), India Pride (Marketing and Database Executive), Felicity Francis (Editor) and Janet Bell (Director).


Janet Bell said: "As this was the first year OPI has participated in the Climb of Life, we were overwhelmed by the response of our sponsors.


"Their generosity was incredible and we were honoured to support this fantastic cause. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who sponsored us."


The annual event in Cumbria, UK brings together a number of regular members of the UK office products community, including teams this year from VOW, Office Friendly, Advantia, 3M and ChannelInfo.


The Climb of Life was established four years ago for ICR, but the climb itself is now in its 17th year, having previously raised money for Children in Need.


Chapman has been involved in organising a wide variety of charity fundraising events for 23 years. The Queen presented him with an MBE in the Millennium honours list for charity fundraising. This year’s success lifts the total raised via Chapman’s fundraising events to almost £850,000.


Chapman said: "It never ceases to amaze me what 120 brave souls will do to raise money for a brilliant, internationally important charity! Only six hours before we set off, gusts of wind were recorded at 90 miles per hour on the Lakeland peaks, and the rain was lashing down in almost horizontal sheets!


"I would like to thank each and every trekker and fundraiser who has played their part, and particularly this year to thank the OPI team who are our top fundraisers in only their first event.


"In view of the world economic situation, I had the feeling that this year we would not exceed our 2009 total, which was a record. However with a determined loyal team and 22 new supporters, to say I’m delighted would be an understatement."


This is the fourth year that the Climb of Life has raised money for ICR, an international charity that carries out global studies into new ways to treat cancer. n