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Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Our charity partnership with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has one simple aim: to beat blood cancer.

Climbing Kilimanjaro; trekking across Alaska; sitting in baths of baked beans; suspending the boss-man in a glass box from a crane – we’ve never been afraid to get a bit creative with our fundraising. Our passion and determination to help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research achieve their vision of beating blood cancer has meant that we’ve raised just shy of £4 million to stop people dying of blood cancer, make patients’ lives better and ultimately, stop people getting blood cancer in the first place.
Since our partnership began in 2006, survival rates for blood cancer as a whole have risen from 52% to 60% – and survival rates for some blood cancers have risen by as much as 11%. So you can see, our partnership with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is a force to be reckoned with.
Which is a good thing, because the job isn’t finished yet. Blood cancers still represent one in ten of all new cancer diagnoses, and because people are living longer with blood cancers, they need more support.
We want to achieve 100% survival and 100% quality of life for every single person with blood cancer.
And with your help, we’ll get there together. We won’t stop until we’ve beaten blood cancer.

Our journey so far...

October 2006

The partnership launches

The partnership between Wickes and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research launches. Wickes colleagues fundraised for Ian Botham’s ‘Beefy Bowls out Teenage Cancer’ walk, wearing pedometers to try to beat his 200 miles in 9 days.

February 2008

Go Without to Give Life campaign

Wickes staff give up something they love for the whole of 2008 to raise funds for research into blood cancers. Tommy Walsh pledges to give up chocolate!

November 2008

Past the £500k mark!

November 2009

Past the £1m mark!

August 2010

The "50p Ask"

Wickes colleagues and customers around the country raise £100,000 in just one week to help celebrate Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research's 50th Anniversary.

May 2011

The Thames Challenge

One group of colleagues conquered the entire length of the River Thames in 3 days by cycling, running and canoeing over 215 miles!

December 2011

Past the £2m mark!

June 2012

Big 10 Cycle Challenge

Over 200 Wickes colleagues joined together in an amazing challenge to cycle across the entire country, and visit all 217 Wickes stores to support blood cancer patients in the UK, covering 3,500 miles and raising £37,000!

June 2013

The Big Rowathon

The BIG Rowathon was the first event in the partnership's history that EVERY store took part in on the same day. Hundreds of colleagues and customers up and down the country rowed a total of 84 million miles and raised over £75,000.

May 2013

Past the £3m mark!

August 2014

Wickes Around the World!

Wickes colleagues up and down the country ride a staggering 32,490 miles on static bikes to push us over the £4m mark! Well done everyone!!

April 2007

White Van Wit joke book published

"What do you call a man with a number plate on his head? Reg!" Wickes customers were asked to contribute their favourite jokes to a joke book which was sold in Wickes stores, raising over £50,000.

October 2007

Inaugural charity dinner

Our first Charity Dinner raises a spectacular £105,000 on the night!

June 2008

Three Peaks Challenge

Wickes colleagues took part in The Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the 3 highest mountains in Great Britain in an impressive 21 hours, 59 minutes! They raised over £10,000!

October 2009

The Kilimanjaro Challenge

An intrepid team of 16 from Wickes, including some of our suppliers, set off to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro and raised £68,000.

July 2010

The Three Lakes Challenge

Poor weather and two cap-sizes didn't stop a group of colleagues who canoed across 3 of the biggest lakes in the British Isles in 24 hours, raising a fantastic £21,000. "Anyone who had managed to stay dry got thrown into the lake!"

October 2010

The Volcano Challenge

Over 13 days of gruelling high altitude trekking and mountain climbing a team of colleagues climbed four volcanoes in South America, one of which is still active and another of which is 1,000 feet higher than Mount Kilimanjaro! An amazing £64,000 raised.

September 2011

The Everest Challenge

The Everest Challenge was an extreme adventure, cycling from Shigatse to Kathmandu. The altitude and terrain made this an extremely tough challenge, coming across some of the highest mountain passes in the world and extremes of weather. £23,800 raised!


September 2012

The Alaska Challenge

A team of 19 from Wickes, including colleagues from our suppliers, attempted one of our toughest challenges yet - crossing the Talkeetna Mountains in Alaska: backpacking through mountains, ice climbing over glaciers and rafting down rivers. £39,600 raised!

June 2013

The Cross Channel Challenge

Colleagues from Wickes Region 14 took part in a gruelling event, running a half marathon, kayaking across the English Channel, and cycling 200 miles as they made their way from Dover to Paris. The team raised an amazing £43,000!

April 2014

Wickes launches "Red you Shed"

Do you need a little bit more red in your life? Then look out for special red products we've launched - for every sale of these items Wickes donates 50% of the profits to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. £100,000 raised already and counting!

August 2014

Past the £4m mark!


For further information please contact Rowan Parkes at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research on 020 7504 2290 or email Registered charity 216032 (England & Wales) SC037529 (Scotland)