Catering appliance servicing specialist, Clan Engineering, has raised an incredible £5,493 for the newly combined Breast Cancer Care/Breast Cancer Now charity.
The Houston-based firm achieved this through organising a fundraising event called the ‘Wear it Pink’ party, which took place on Saturday 9 November at the David Lloyd Club, Renfrew.
Clan arranged the evening and paid for all associatied costs, so that all monies received would go straight to the charity. Director Kevin Ryan said that the grand total “was only due to the generosity of our clients and friends and family. Our clients were fantastic with providing amazing donations for the silent auction on the night and also some monetary donations”.
He explained that the cause was very personal to him and operations director Gillian Ryan, with both their mothers being diagnosed with cancer last year, subsequently going through treatment and then thankfully being given the all-clear.
Gillian detailed: “Throughout the course of my mum’s treatment I saw firsthand the benefit of research in the form of the new Oncotype DX test which my mum was lucky enough to benefit from having. This test was introduced to the UK in the last few years and is available for people with a certain type of early breast cancer.
“My mum’s cancer was thankfully caught at an early stage but was a grade three, which historically would have come with a recommendation of chemotherapy. Thanks to the Oncotype Dx test my mum avoided this course of treatment.
“Overall an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 of women in the UK are likely to avoid chemotherapy every year as a result. The significance of this really resonated with me and I knew I needed to do something to help support further breakthroughs in treatment like this and also to say thank you for the care and support provided to my mum.”
While Kevin concluded: “We feel that businesses who are having some success should share some of that good fortune with others whether it be to donate to a local good cause or a charity donation.
“Clan Engineering feel that we have a morale responsibility to help others in need especially when we are enjoying some success and growing as a business. We plan to carry out some sort of charitable event or donation each year to help others.”