Property lettings franchise Belvoir has announced that throughout 2011 it is throwing its weight behind a major fund raising push for cancer support charity, Macmillan.

The four Belvoir offices in Northern Ireland at Belfast East and South, Bangor and Newtownards are among other offices in the Belvoir network to pledge support for ‘We are Macmillan Cancer Support’, as the charity celebrates its centenary this year.

It's the first time that Belvoir has adopted a national charity and after very careful consideration, the decision was made to help Macmillan because of its fantastic work in supporting and improving the lives of people affected by cancer.

Throughout the year the offices in Northern Ireland will be staging a series of events, promotions and other fundraising activities and all franchise owners hope that landlord and tenant clients, suppliers and friends in the local community will join with staff in raising as much money as possible in 2011.

“Towards the end of last year, Belvoir set up its own charity committee to look at ways in which as many of our offices as possible could support a charity with both a strong national and local community presence,” said Dorian Gonsalves, Managing Director of Belvoir. 

“After extensive and thorough discussion among people drawn from all areas of our business, we reach the unanimous decision to back Macmillan because of the type of work it does and because its support of cancer victims, their carers, families and friends knows no bounds. 

“Anyone can fall victim to cancer and when, unfortunately, some people do, Macmillan, through its years of expertise and excellent network of outreach workers and carers, helps relieve some of the emotional stresses and other practical problems.

“Every Belvoir office is at the heart of its local community and they will be reaching out to raise as much funding as possible throughout the coming year.” 

Gemma Shaw, Fundraising Manager at Macmillan, said: “A huge and heartfelt thank you goes out to Belvoir for choosing Macmillan Cancer Support. The help Macmillan provides, from nurses to financial aid, is funded by generous donations from the public, so each and every penny raised through this partnership really will make a difference to those who are affected by cancer.”