Saks4Eve gets emotional!
We’re overwhelmed to announce that only seven months into our two year charity partnership with The Eve Appeal, our salon teams and their amazing customers, friends and families have raised over £35,000 to fund essential research into women’s cancers.
We asked Athena Lamnosis, CEO at The Eve Appeal, to sum up fundraising Saks4Eve style…
“We are a small charity with huge ambitions – to change the brutal statistics on women’s cancers and make women more aware of their signs and symptoms. We can’t do this alone and cross-sector partnerships are vital in reaching new audiences and spreading the message. Well, WOW, what a partner Saks has proved to be! Off to a flying start raising lots of awareness and life-saving funds.
“The passion of the Saks teams has been incredible – their customer commitment is that ‘it’s all about you’, through championing women’s cancers it’s felt very much that it’s all about ‘us’. A true partnership that’s only a third of the way through – can’t wait for 2016!”
Thanks for kind words Athena… we can’t wait to bring on 2016.
SO, WHAT MADE SAKS4EVE SEPTEMBER SPECIAL?
You know already that our salons opening on a Sunday, raising £10,000 in five hours with appointments for donations. Big mentions to our top three Saks4Eve Sunday fundraising salons: Saks Kings Hill £1,617, Saks Northallerton £1,233 and Saks Exeter £1,122.
Meanwhile, Saks4Eve September (as it’ll be called forevermore) was a big old action-packed adventure…
FAB FOUR GREAT NORTH RUNNERS.
Our Saks girls did us proud rocking The Great North Run – not the easiest course as its renowned for being uphill along the way. Huge thanks to Zoe Chamberlain of Saks Lincoln, Rebecca Dobbs of Saksessories/Saks HQ, Anna Clinton of Saks Scotch Corner for flying the flag for Saks… not forgetting Anna’s daughter Eve and Jake Close who completed the Kids 5k.
7 HALF MARATHONS IN 7 DAYS ANYONE?
Back in 1990 two young chaps joined Saks and started their 25 year careers making women feel special with gorgeous hair. Between 7th to 13th September Paul Carrigan (Saks Leeds and Harrogate) and Ashley Cameron (Saks York and Wetherby) took this ethos to a whole new level by completing seven – YES SEVEN – half marathon distances in 7 consecutive days… raising a whoa-factor £3,426.49 in the process!
INTRODUCING ZIP WIRE GIRL
Margaret ‘Scared of Heights’ Watson, salon owner at Saks Whitley Bay, pushed her boundaries to the max by zip wiring across the River Tyne, with customer and good friend Katie Salkeld. Having raised £848 Margaret’s got the bug and is going bigger and better for Saks4Eve in 2016.
BIG HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY TO SAKS SKIPTON
To celebrate ten amazing years of Saks Skipton, John Goddard and team shared the love with our Skipton customers by treating them to coveted L’Oreal Fusion conditioning hair treatments, moisturising, repairing and locking in colour, a steal at only £5 a pop!
AND THERE’S MORE
We’re loving the great outdoors with Saks Great Yarmouth loving doing their yearly sponsored walk for The Eve Appeal and Saks Guisborough walking 10 miles from Egton to Whitby.
Team Saks Heston put the fun into fundraising with a dressy-up day for our great cause, Saks Newark had a big old bake sale, Saks Hull had a WEEK of fundraising and Saks Royston sold yet more gorgeous pin badges.
THE SCIENCE BIT… WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Our fundraising is significantly contributing to the ground-breaking research currently being funded by The Eve Appeal at the Department of Women’s Cancer, University College London (UCL).
This includes the recently launched FORECEE (4C) project which aims to make individualised risk prediction for cancer available to women for the first time. The 4C programme is offering the chance to develop a test which will be able to predict the risk of women developing any one of four cancers: breast, cervical, ovarian and womb. These cancers alone represent 47% of all cancers in women.
This research project is a massive step forward for women and families who otherwise suffer devastating consequences of poor cancer prediction when these cancers are detected at a late stage.
To get involved right now simply text SAKS15 and your chosen amount (eg £2, £5 or £10) to 70070 and make a difference and help buy vital kit for the research team who’re about to start a ground-breaking project to use the cervical smear test to predict risk of four women’s cancers.