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Working with Macmillan Solutions and NG Bailey


Today (21st April), NG Bailey’s CEO, David Hurcomb, along with eight executive colleagues grabbed shovels and donned gardening gear to help Lancashire mum, Nicola Jeffery-Sykes, who has battled cancer six times in five years.

The nine man team, from the national engineering and services firm, is carrying out the work as part of the company’s 12-month partnership to raise £50,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Nicola was first supported by Macmillan after being diagnosed with breast and lymph node cancer in 2009. Since then she has undergone several operations, as the cancer spread to secondary breast cancer, ovarian, colon, cervix, and uterine cancer as well as follow-up radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.

Nicola, who is 58, lives in Uppermill, Saddleworth. Her farm estate is home to free-range chickens and quails, an extensive organic fruit and vegetable plot and a freshwater spring however, due to the nature of Nicola’s illness, it has left her and her family unable to maintain and manage certain areas of the farm.

Through the partnership with Macmillan, NG Bailey was made aware of Nicola’s need for support so offered to carry out a number of ‘gardening’ jobs to reinvigorate Nicola’s home environment. The jobs will include clearing overgrown shrubbery and re-turfing a lawn area.

Nicola says of the support: “I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of commitment, dedication and care shown by NG Bailey to my family and myself, in helping me get the farm in good shape and ready for a number of fundraising activities I will be hosting in 2016.

“I have such a drive and fire within me to help raise as much money to enable research and care as I can, to eradicate this terrible disease which devastates families and friends, with the loss of life.

“I have seen it so often with the work I do, in running Saddleworth cancer care group, within local patient homes, at local cancer wards and hospices. I cannot thank NG Bailey enough for its true philanthropic total company commitment.”

On the day, David and his executive team will be supported by project managers from NG Bailey’s Manchester Engineering team, and a number of the company’s suppliers, including Hire Station, Jack Pennington’s and Wolseley - who have provided equipment and materials free of charge.

NG Bailey’s chief executive, David Hurcomb, added: “It is an absolute pleasure for us to be carrying out the work for Nicola and her family on behalf of Macmillan.

“One in three families in Britain are affected in some way by cancer, so it was no surprise when our 2,600 employees voted overwhelmingly for Macmillan as our charity partner almost 12 months ago.

“I’d also like to thank our supply chain partners who have been involved, with many offering their time and money free of charge.”

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