On Monday 7th October, kinex was proud to be one of the headline sponsors of the BooBee Bus during its visit to Wythenshawe Town Centre.
The BooBee Bus was a highlight of Prevent Breast Cancer’s campaign to raise awareness as part of the nationwide breast cancer awareness month. The bus has travelled around Greater Manchester throughout October, visiting areas with a high footfall of women as well as large companies and organisations and finished its tour in Stockport today. The eye-catching bus was donated by Alexander Dennis for the month, with a wrap especially designed by graphic designer Simon Bishop.
On board the bus, volunteers named ‘BooBees’ have given their time to give advice and distribute information encouraging people to ‘Bee Aware’. Many of the BooBees have experienced breast cancer themselves and are passionate about stopping breast cancer in years to come.
Prevent Breast Cancer, based at Europe’s first purpose built breast cancer prevention centre The Nightingale Centre, is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. By promoting early diagnosis, screening and lifestyle changes, they believe they can stop the problem before it starts.
As part of our Community Support Scheme, kinex was delighted to support Prevent Breast Cancer in bringing the BooBee bus to the town local to our HQ. We were joint sponsors of the visit with Liqui-box, each donating £500.
Prevent Breast Cancer Corporate Fundraising Office Annie Blanchard said “We’re so pleased with the success of our BreastFest campaign so far. We’ve reached an incredible amount of people and our aim of making Manchester and Greater Manchester the most breast aware region in the UK is well on its way. A huge thanks to kinex and Liqui-box for sponsoring the bus to come to the Wythenshawe Forum. Without the support from local businesses it wouldn’t be possible to complete the work we do and strive to create a future free from Breast Cancer.”
On the day, local MP Mike Kane joined us to kick Wythenshawe’s visit from the BooBee Bus off. Mike’s Parliamentary assistant was treated at the Nightingale Centre for over two years and is now coming out in full remission so the cause is close to his heart. On the day, he said:
“There’s no other disease like it, I spoke about in the Houses of Parliament on a backbench business day. It can affect people like no other disease so I think that today is really important both for raising awareness and money and making sure we keep the world-class centre here.”
Our parent company, the Verastar Group, also held a Dress Down Friday with the theme of ‘wear it pink’ as part of our first Wellbeing Week with all participants donating £1 to Prevent Breast Cancer which raised over £600.
kinex would like to thank Prevent Breast Cancer for the opportunity to be involved with such a great initiative. We can’t wait to see what else you achieve!
If you know an organisation who could benefit from the kinex Community Support Scheme, please visit here.