The Huntingdon branch of CBES, an engineering and construction business, is one of the first businesses to sign up to the new Business Champions Club to help raise money for the new Macmillan Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

CBES has supported Macmillan for many years and saw the business challenge as a great opportunity to make a difference.

CBES has pledged £2,000 to the appeal and has already made a flying start to its fund-raising by climbing Ben Nevis.

A team of five employees based at Huntingdon took on the challenge in early September.

Paul Cowan, from CBES, said: “When you read the word it has an impact, when you hear the word it has an effect, but when cancer invades your world the consequences are sometimes too hard to bear. I know how it has devastated my close family and how Macmillan made it bearable. If I can do anything to help them do that for others, then I'm in.”

As well as huge physical challenges, CBES has also organised a Macmillan coffee morning which they are hosting at their new site in Hinchingbrooke Business Park. Mr Cowan spoke about why CBES chose to support Macmillan and why the Woodlands Business Challenge Club appealed. He said: “Macmillan is dealing, on a daily basis, with things most of us do not want to think about. They are a fantastic charity and we are proud to have supported them for some years.

“When my colleagues and I heard about the Woodlands Business Challenge, we could not wait to get involved. Supporting people that really support people in the most difficult of times and free teambuilding, need I say more.”

Jess Levin, fund-raising manager for Macmillan, said: “We are delighted to have the support of CBES. They have done a fantastic job already having raised over £1,000 to date.

“At Macmillan we want to give local businesses the opportunity to make a big difference to their local community. By creating the Woodlands Business Champions Club it makes fundraising simple, fun and rewarding.”

If you would like to sponsor CBES you can do so by visiting the JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/teams/cbes-huntingdon11

If you would like to join the Woodlands Business Champions Club please contact 0300 1000 200 or e-mail fundraising@macmillan.org.uk