Published On: Wed, Mar 27th, 2024

Eurocell kick starts milestone year with donation to Maggie’s

Home improvement specialist, Eurocell, has launched a year of celebrations for its 50th anniversary with a special initiative to donate £50 for every team member that turns 50 to its charity partner Maggie’s.

This year marks half a century since Eurocell began developing and manufacturing its first ever home improvement products, with thousands of windows, doors and home improvement products sold to installers, housebuilders, specifiers and homeowners since.

Throughout 2024, Eurocell’s teams will be celebrating the history, achievements and the future of one of the UK’s leading manufacturers, distributors, and recyclers of building products with fundraising activities taking place for Eurocell’s charity partner, Maggie’s.

The first initiative will see the business commit £50 for every team member who turns 50 this year, with 52 people from across the business celebrating their 50th. It means £2,600 will be donated from this alone, with proceeds being handed over at one of Maggie’s bases in Wirral.

Maggie’s has more than 26 centres in the UK that support those living with cancer and their families. It was set-up by writer, gardener and designer Maggie Keswick Jencks, who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 47. At 52, her cancer returned and following diagnosis, Maggie and her husband Charles discussed the need for somewhere people can go for support outside of hospitals. The first Maggie’s centre opened in 1996.

Heidi Clarke, Accounts Clerk, shared her perspective on Eurocell’s anniversary and their collaboration with Maggie’s charity:

“Reaching 50 years in business is remarkable, and turning 50 myself was a bit of a shock – I can hardly believe it! However, being part of Eurocell’s initiative to donate to Maggie’s charity is an incredibly proud moment for me. Knowing that Maggie’s has a unit in our local hospital, Clatterbridge Wirral, adds a poignant layer of significance to this initiative.

“This fundraising is personal; cancer has touched my family. Maggie’s support is vital, and without fundraising efforts, it wouldn’t be possible. Having Maggie’s to turn to during difficult times is invaluable.”

Speaking on the start of Eurocell’s fundraising activities for its 50th anniversary, people director, Cat Hambleton-Gray said; “This year is special for all the people behind Eurocell, from our installers, to our product-development team, to our recycling department, everyone is keen to mark 50 years of Eurocell and get involved with fundraising activities and celebrations.

“Maggie’s is a really important charity that does lots of amazing work to support those living with cancer and their loved ones. We have lots of activities planned for the year ahead to raise valuable funds that will support its initiatives and support.”

Today, Eurocell has grown to a nationwide network of more than 200 branches and employs more than 2,000 people, with its HQ in Alfreton, Derbyshire. In 2024, each team will be challenged to raise at least £50 for charity, meaning more than £10,500 will be raised for Maggie’s. There will even be a Eurocell 5-a-side Football Tournament in June, with 11 teams competing with a minimum target of £500 each.