Provident Financial staff have raised a total of £30,000 for Cancer Research UK by taking part in a host of fundraising activities. Along with coffee mornings, cake sales, sponsored leg waxing and ‘bad taste' dress down days, branches across the UK held ‘pyjama days' on which staff paid to come to work in their pyjamas, and the results were captured on camera to create a Provident 2010 calendar with a difference. The £20,000 raised by staff was boosted by a further £10,000 donation from Provident's Good Neighbour programme, which supports employees' fundraising efforts by making a donation towards their chosen cause.

The fundraising was kickstarted by Provident employee Alison McKay, who organised the first ‘pyjama day' and Provident calendar. Spurred on by its success, staff at Provident's other 104 admin offices across the UK and Ireland joined the campaign, organising their own ‘pyjama days' and other fundraising activities.

Alison Mckay, one of Provident's Field Adminstration Support Managers, commented:

"I decided to organise fundraising for Cancer Research UK as cancer touches so many families in some way, and our staff couldn't have been more enthusiastic about getting involved. We really enjoyed every minute of our fundraising activities, and it's been a great team-building experience for us all."

Andrea Membe, Area Volunteer Manager (Bradford, Huddersfield & Halifax), Cancer Research UK:

"We're thrilled with Provident's donation, and every penny they raised will help us to continue our research into diagnosing, preventing and treating cancer. I'd like to thank everyone involved for the time and effort they put into their fundraising and congratulate them on raising such a fantastic amount of money."

For further information please contact:

Emma Noble
Provident Financial
01274 731111 ext 2745


Notes to editors:

Provident Financial

Established in 1880, Bradford-based Provident Financial is the UK's leading non-standard financial services provider. It employs 3,400 people and has 11,500 self-employed home credit Customer Experience Managers and over 2 million customers across the UK and Ireland. Provident Financial has an extensive community programme that invests in the communities in which its customers, Customer Experience Managers and employees live and work.

Vanquis Bank specialises in providing credit cards for the non-standard market. Established in 2003, it now has over 400,000 customers across the UK and Ireland.

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Provident Personal Credit, a subsidiary of Provident Financial, specialise in short term loans from £50 – £500.

Cancer Research UK

Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.  Last year Cancer Research UK spent £450 million to carry out world-class research to improve understanding of the disease and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of cancer.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 08701 602040 or visit