Interview with Willmott Dixon Employee Elaine Ingram who has gone under the razor charity

Written by on May 29, 2014

elaineElaine, who has worked at the North Birmingham branch of Willmott Dixon for over five years, has shaved her head for the second time in ten years and raised £1000 in the process.

Elaine, who lives in Bartley Green, was affected by cancer after her close friend, Karen, was diagnosed in August 2012, but after having half a lung removed, weeks of chemotherapy and numerous scans, she has now been given the all clear. Elaine is now a keen fundraiser for both St Marys Hospice and the Roy Castle Lung Foundation.

Elaine’s efforts have also been supported by the Willmott Dixon Foundation, which pledged £100.

Elaine said: “After cropping my hair the first time around, I really wanted to go that extra step this time, so I decided to completely shave my head. A close friend of mine suffered from lung cancer, and it really hit home the importance of charities such as the Roy Castle Lung Foundation and St Marys Hospice.

“I want to raise awareness of the hard work and personal sacrifices people working for these charities make, and shaving my hair off really gets people talking and asking questions. The response to my fundraising has been incredible, and donations such as that from Willmott Dixon, as well as friends and family, have meant I’ve surpassed my target.”

For more information or to donate you can go to Elaine’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/elaine-ingram2

Elaine’s fundraising comes weeks after the community actions of Willmott Dixon staff received a Royal seal of approval, with the company achieving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. One of the areas highlighted by judges in making the award was the £1 million worth of community investment made by the company and staff each year to local good causes.

Willmott Dixon is committed to charity and community work, and actively encourages staff members to raise funds and engage with their local community. Each staff member is given a day each year to contribute, and every Willmott Dixon branch has fundraising aims for local and national charities.

Willmott Dixon Partnerships is currently working with Birmingham City Council to repair and maintain 60,000 properties in the city. It’s two contracts for the north and south of the city includes the areas of Edgbaston, Hall Green, Northfield, Selly Oak, Ladywood, Erdington, Perry Bar and Sutton Coldfield.

Reporter @LianeKate

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