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December 18, 2020updated 20 Dec 2020 11:34pm

Macmillan thanks lessors for £15k donation in lieu of 2020 Christmas lunch

By Alejandro Gonzalez

December 17 was supposed to be when the leasing industry met at the Institute of Directors (IOD) for the annual end of year Christmas lunch, sharing good food, wine and conversation and giving generously to Macmillan Cancer Support .

However, since the cancellation of this year’s charity lunch, both IAA who have successfully organised the event over many years and more recently in association with AFPA Trust wanted to acknowledge and say a huge thank you to our industry friends for donating £15,914 in lieu of the Christmas lunch in 2020.

Rebecca Forbes from Macmillan Cancer Support donations team recently wrote to IAA: “There are over 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and its prevalence is rising at a rate of over 3% per year. This demonstrates the increasing need for our cancer support services. Once again, thank you for your wonderful donation which will be a great benefit to the many people living with cancer in the UK.”

John Batty director at IAA and main Christmas Lunch event organiser added:” “For more than ten years, the Christmas Charity Lunch at the Institute of Directors has been one of the ‘go-to’ events of the leasing and asset finance Industry. The format is extremely popular and each year tables are fully booked earlier and earlier, with many people seeking to book again almost the minute it is over.

Thanks to Derek Soper of IAA, the Macmillan connection has been there from the start and is now part of the DNA of the event. The guests know how worthwhile the objective is and every year they always prove very happy to give generously to what is undoubtedly a very worthwhile cause – as is shown by the 2019 result which raised around £45,000 for Macmillan, to everyone’s delight! We look forward to being back in 2021!

AFPA Trust Chair Stephen Bassett summed it up by saying “The really hard graft of organising the event is done by a small team put together by IAA, who all give of their time and effort. All of us at AFPA Trust are very proud to be associated with this event and as a prominent fundraiser in the industry, we are also very pleased to see the sums it raises for Macmillan”.

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