Children with Cancer UK were selected as Kwik Fit’s first ever charity of the year following a vote open to more than 5000 Kwik Fit employees across the UK. The partnership which ran throughout 2019 and half of 2020 had a fundraising target of £1 million which Kwik Fit raised due to all their hard work.
Our partnership with Kwik Fit ended in June 2020.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Kwik Fit for supporting us throughout 2019 and 2020. Their fundraising support will help fund vital research into childhood cancer.
Since the announcement of the partnership Kwik Fit were non-stop fundraising. They hosted events all over the country to make a difference to not just the children with cancer but their families too.
Mark Slade, Managing Director of Kwik Fit, said:
We’re really looking forward to working with Children with Cancer UK this year. The work they do and the families they help clearly resonated with our staff right across the UK. We have events planned throughout the country with the aim of making a real difference to the charity.
On 18th September 2019, they completed the biggest event in the company’s history…the TOUR DE BRANCH; an epic, cross-country bike ride to support Children with Cancer UK. The Tour de Branch started in Aberdeen where employees cycled a whopping 2,500 miles around the UK, over 30 long days and through 127 centres until they finished in Manchester. It was no small feat; in fact, it was MASSIVE. The riders even climbed a total elevation of 100,000 feet.
Each team metaphorically passed a bell (their version of a baton), which was fixed to the Tour de Branch support van. This bell served as a reminder and inspiration to the riders in tough times as it symbolises the ‘the end of treatment’. The End of Treatment Bell is rang by children affected by cancer when they finish their treatment. It helped the riders dig deep and push through – especially when they faced gruelling hills and were on the point of exhaustion.
The whole event produced many unforgettable memories but above all the cyclists were proud to ride and support Children with Cancer UK.
On Sunday 8 September 2019, 38 Kwik Fit employees travelled to Newcastle upon Tyne to run a half marathon. The team were fantastic and raised £14,513.97
Kwik Fit had 14 runners in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon from across the business with some incredible times including 3hours 53minutes. The team raised £27,024.18
Other Fundraising events included: