Employees at Marie Curie Cancer Care who were set the challenge of arriving at their bi-annual conference using the most cost effective method possible called on the help of the UK’s premium express delivery company, City Link.
When Hetal Morar, of Marie Curie’s Community Fundraising Development Team in London, contacted City Link for assistance with free transport to the conference in Reading, the company’s Sameday team were delighted to help.
City Link has had a strong relationship with Marie Curie Cancer Care for five years. Every year on an annual basis the delivery company has delivered 14,000 special kits to over 3,300 schools across the UK as part of Marie Curie’s Mini Pots of Care Campaign, in which youngsters aged three to eleven grow their own daffodils.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage schoolchildren to develop an interest in nature from an early age, whilst raising money and awareness for the work of Marie Curie nurses.
Hetal said: "We would like to say a massive thank you to the City Link Sameday team. City Link have supported us for five years and were tremendous in helping us to win this challenge by transporting five of us from our offices in Vauxhall, London to Reading, for free. They really did pull out all the stops for this 80-mile round trip. They loaned us three vans on the first day and two on the second, so in effect it was a 400-mile round trip for them."
She added: "We were really pleased with the response to this challenge. Many of our colleagues came up with some imaginative ways to arrive at the conference for nothing, or next to nothing. Some even had the free loan of a stretch limo!"
Ian Bolton, Head of Sameday of City Link, added: "We were delighted to help the team at Marie Curie Cancer Care in their quest to arrive at the conference in the most cost effective way possible.
"Marie Curie is a fantastic charity which does some excellent work fundraising and looking after terminally ill people free of charge in their own homes. They not only look after the person who is ill but they offering practical support and advice to their families too. We thought it was a great idea to encourage employees to arrive at the conference for as little money as possible and we were so glad to do our bit in transporting the team to the venue for free."