Chatham businesses bake for cancer charities

A flurry of cakes were on sale, as Kent businesses joined together to raise hundreds of pounds for cancer and skin cancer charities on Tuesday.

Private health care company Screen Cancer UK, based at the Chatham Innovation Centre, set up a morning cake stand in the building and made a total of £370 for Macmillan and Skcin.

A different variety of cakes were available, including a teapot shaped cake that was raffled off for £100.

Zoe Garnham-Archer, healthcare advisor for Screen Cancer UK, said: “We started at 10am and sold out by 1pm. The Innovation Centre gave us the space and advertised, letting other businesses know about us.

“They have been brilliant. Any mad-capped idea and they are there supporting us”.

Almost 60 businesses made donations, including the Harlequin Group who gave £50.

Lorna Dallas, receptionist at the Innovation centre helped direct people to the stand.

She said: “They were up all night making those cakes. It was amazing. There aren’t many businesses like them.”

Farley Norman, Manager at the Innovation Centre, said: “We are always happy to support our tenants in any way we can.

“ScreenCancer in particular, often run awareness events and do a lot of work for charity.  I feel we should support them in their endeavours.  I personally feel the charities they support are very worthy and I want to see them do well.”

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with 60 people dying from skin cancer caused by sun exposure at work in Britain every year, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Screen Cancer UK work with Boots and Alphega pharmacies to provide mole and pigmented lesion screening to individuals and businesses, giving particular attention to those with outdoor workers.

Zoe has been working with the business for more than a year, helping to teach employees to protect themselves when in the sun.

She added: “We are passionate about raising awareness and we are passionate about saving lives.

“There’s been a couple times where I’ve been on the phone to people and it broke my heart to tell them they potentially have cancer.”

The company send results of the scan to customers, which can then be given to their GP. Customers are followed up within a few months, if results of the scan require action to be taken.

They hope to continue their charity fundraisers and will work with the Wisdom Hospice in 2018.