As part of its local community support programme, Adlington based Proseal has donated £2 million, to be shared equally between the building of the state of the art Christie Cancer Centre at Macclesfield General Hospital and East Cheshire Hospice for the care of people with life limiting illnesses.
Proseal directors and co-founders Steve Malone and Robbie Hargreaves, who set up the company in 1998, say the donation is on behalf of all its employees, whose hard work and dedication have enabled it to make this important contribution.
‘We have enjoyed immense success and growth in the 20 years since Proseal was established, and none of this could have been achieved without the fantastic support and commitment of everyone within the business.
‘Proseal therefore wanted to give something back to the local community. We chose the Christie Cancer Centre and East Cheshire Hospice as the recipients because of the vital work they do, which any of us at Proseal, as well as our families and friends, may have to call on at some point.’
Louise Stimson, head of Fundraising at The Christie charity, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with such a generous donation from Proseal UK toward our new Christie Cancer Centre at Macclesfield.
‘This donation is a huge boost to our campaign which we launched in March to raise £23 million to build a state of the art new cancer centre in the heart of East Cheshire and we are extremely grateful to everybody at Proseal.’
The new Christie Cancer Centre, which is earmarked to open in Summer 2021, will provide cancer care closer to home for more than 1500 new patients each year, bringing together essential cancer services into one purpose built unit. It will offer local specialist access to radiotherapy, curative and palliative chemotherapy, holistic support and outpatient services as well as delivering support and information services. The cancer centre will also run early phase clinical trials enabling patients to access new treatments as they become available.
The donation to East Cheshire Hospice will help it to further extend its outreach projects and palliative care service, providing specialist medical treatment and holistic care for local people coping with life limiting illnesses, while continuing to deliver compassionate support and counselling for carers and relatives.
‘The Christie Cancer Centre and East Cheshire Hospice play vital roles in the local community,’ said Steve and Robbie. ‘We hope our contributions will help both organisations continue their great work.’
Karyn Johnston, East Cheshire Hospice director, said on receipt of the gift: ‘I am humbled to accept this generous donation from Proseal. As a small local charity, we rely on our community and corporate partners for more than 85% of our funding, so this represents a massive boost to our future plans. The team at Proseal have been generous supporters of the Hospice for a number of years, working alongside our amazing What Women Want supporter group.
‘On behalf of all the patients and families whose end of life experience will be improved by this gift, I say thank you.’
Proseal designs and manufactures high quality food packaging machinery for the food industry. Since its inception in 1998, the company has grown into a global market leader in its sector, currently employing over 350 people in the UK and nearly 500 worldwide. Last year, Proseal won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.