Swift Group has donated £30,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The manufacturer that won the best 2 berth caravan category at the Practical Caravan Awards has been donating to Macmillan since 1995, running a recycling of goods scheme where damaged or unsellable items are bought by staff, with the raised money then going to charity. Other donations were raised through Macmillan Coffee Mornings and dress down days.

This latest donation of £30,031.71 will mean the brand – which you can find out more about in our guide to the best caravan manufacturers – has managed to raise £100,000 over the past 27 years for the charity.

Swift’s Content Marketing Manager, Cheryl White said: “Any kind of redundant or surplus materials that we have in the factory – which could be anything from offcuts of wood, which employees often use for firewood, or any slightly imperfect items, like a scratched microwave – that can’t be used in final products; employees have the chance to purchase them. They then take that home knowing money is raised for charity.”

“It also includes samples or prototypes and even scrap metal. Sometimes returning these to suppliers are a big admin task or are simply unwanted so, rather than scrapping them or putting them into a skip, which obviously isn’t great for the environment, it all gets put into a pot, so to speak.”

“We have employees who have had family that have been helped by Macmillan. Pretty much everyone is affected directly or indirectly by someone living with cancer, so everyone here at Team Swift understands the importance and meaning behind this scheme.”

Laura Holohan, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Fundraising Manager in Yorkshire, added: “We are so grateful to everybody at Swift for their incredible continued support. The total amount raised is truly staggering and will go directly to help people living with cancer through many of our Macmillan services. This money could help people living with cancer who are struggling with the rising cost of living, particularly their energy bills.”

“At Macmillan, we have given out £55,000 to support vulnerable patients in Yorkshire and the Humber with heating bills in just the first eight weeks of this year alone. We couldn’t do this without the generosity of our wonderful supporters, as we are funded almost entirely by donations from the public.”

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