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Hays staff net funds for The Brain Tumour Charity with netball tournament

07 April 2014

On Thursday 24 March staff from Hays, the leading recruiting expert, held a charity netball tournament at the Bristol College Sports Centre, raising vital research funds as part of the company’s two year partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity.

The team in Bristol raised over £200 through entry fees to the tournament. 30 employees participated in the evening’s events, competing in a fun-filled tournament of six matches before a final decider. The winners were the ‘Hays Heroes’ who beat ‘The Leaders’ 2-0 in the final. Alongside the netball, there was competition off the court with the ‘hold-the-plank’ contest too, won by regional managing director, Simon Winfield in a record time of five minutes and one second.

Simon Winfield, Managing Director for Hays in the South West, said: “On an evening that occasionally resembled rugby, rather than netball, everyone had a great evening. In true Hays fashion there was lots of lively competition and a great opportunity to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.”

Jeni Jones, Business Director at Hays in Bristol, organised the tournament for the Bristol team and said: “It was a brilliant evening not only to raise money for our partner The Brain Tumour Charity but also as a team building exercise. It was a way to bring the office together, everyone got involved and took it really seriously, and there were some standout performances from across the office and the team spirit and commitment shown by all were great to see.”

Hays has raised over £140,000 so far and continues to support the charity in the second year of the partnership to raise money to fund a new Centre of Excellence, which will be dedicated to carrying out world-class research.

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK. 

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts. They fund pioneering research to increase survival and improve treatment options as well as raising awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours to bring about earlier diagnosis. 

The Charity also provides support for everyone affected so that they can live as full a life as possible, with the best quality of life.

Louise Taylor, The Charity’s Director of Fundraising, said: “We are grateful for all the efforts made by all of the Hays employees and thank them for taking part in the evening’s events. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years. We are leading the way in changing this, fighting brain tumours on all fronts. We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like companies like Hays and the team in Bristol that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”

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Notes to editors
About The Brain Tumour Charity
Registered Charity No. 1150054 (England and Wales) SC045081 (Scotland)
The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts.
They fund pioneering research to increase survival and improve treatment options and raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours to get earlier diagnosis and to help families cope with everything that the diagnosis of a brain tumour brings.  They provide support for everyone affected so that they can live as full a life as possible, with the best quality of life.

They fund and promote the UK-wide HeadSmart campaign, raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people to make earlier diagnosis a reality.  Earlier diagnosis will reduce long term disabilities and save lives.  In just thee years, HeadSmart has reduced average diagnosis time from 9.1 weeks to 6.7 weeks.

Find out more at: www.thebraintumourcharity.org

Members of the Association of Medical Research Charities, The Information Standard, The Helplines Partnership and the Fundraising Standards Board.

About Hays
Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 30 June 2014 the Group employed 8,237 staff operating from 237 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2014:
• The Group reported net fees of £724.9 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £140.3 million;
• The Group placed around 57,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 212,000 people into temporary assignments;
• 24% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 42% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 34% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
• The temporary placement business represented 59% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 41% of net fees;
• Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA
 

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