The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has nominated the Teenage Cancer Trust as its charity partner for 2017. During the year the Federation will raise funds through four major events, with the proceeds being shared equally between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the merchant industry's own charity, the Rainy Day Trust.
Fundraising initiatives will be held at the BMF's three main industry events in 2017 – its Burns' Night Supper in January, the BMF All-Industry Conference in June, and Members' Day in September.
In addition, the BMF has agreed with the organisers of the Pavestone Rally (formerly the Vado Rally) that the proceeds of this event will be divided equally between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Rainy Day Trust. This year's Vado Rally raised over £60,000 for charity, and the Pavestone Rally 2017 is aiming to raise an amazing £100,000.
John Newcomb, BMF managing director, said: "BMF members always contribute generously to our charity fundraising and in past years we have been proud to hand over significant sums to our nominated charity. However, with the support of the 2017 Pavestone Rally added to our other fundraising, we are delighted that we will be able to help fund the work of two very worthwhile charities with an extraordinary five figure contribution."
The Pavestone Rally, a fun event that involves teams driving from Dover to Monte Carlo in old cars purchased for £500 or less, will take place from 7 to 10 September 2017.
Aaron Frogley, who organises the Rally, said: "After the huge success of the Vado Rally I am looking forward to welcoming more teams on the 2017 Pavestone Rally. The four days are guaranteed to be filled with laughter! I am extremely grateful for the support that John and all at the BMF have given both rallies and Pavestone is proud to be supporting two such deserving charities."
Teams from the BMF and the BMF Young Merchants Group enjoyed the 2016 Rally so much they are both taking part for a second year.
If you would like to join them, the official entry will open on 1 January and close on 28 February. Contact Aaron.Frogley@pavestone.co.uk for further information.