Financier and private equity investor Guy Hands, whose business Terra Firma Capital Management is based in Guernsey, is the latest high-profile name to lend support to a new national fundraising campaign.
The fundraising initiative named ‘Jumping in Puddles for Cancer’ launched earlier this month in Guernsey in aid of Cancer Research UK. It is the inspiration of local charity campaigner Susie Campanella, whose close friend Gary Burgess received a devastating terminal cancer diagnosis at the end of last year.
The campaign aims to raise £1,000,000 for Cancer Research UK by inviting fundraisers to jump in a puddle and donate £1, or more, and upload an image of their jump onto its dedicated website, which will then be shared across social media platforms.
In addition to Guy, the campaign has received further support from the wider Channel Islands business community, including KPMG CI, Specsavers, investment firm Ravenscroft and digital marketing specialist TPA. Whilst at a National level impressionist Jon Culshaw, TV adventurer Ben Fogle, triple world motorsport champion Andy Priaulx, footballer Matt Le Tissier and former England batsman Rob Key, have also given the campaign their backing.
Susie Campanella: “I am so, so, touched and grateful that Guy has lent his support to Jumping in Puddles for Cancer. His involvement has given the campaign a huge boost, particularly as we’re at such a crucial point of raising-awareness across the UK and beyond”.
Guy said: “I am delighted to support ‘Jumping in Puddles for Cancer’. Many charities have suffered during Covid through not being able to hold their usual fundraising events and charities are struggling to keep their vital work going in our communities. Which is why initiatives like this are vital at this difficult time, albeit a time that has demonstrated also how large a role the UK can play in solving global health issues.
“I am delighted to confirm the Hands Family Trust are donating £12,000 which matches the amount raised in the first 10 days of the campaign and we hope this will create further momentum to help them reach their target of £1million”.