Jaguar Land Rover staff have raised over £55,000 for us to remember a colleague who died of cancer.

Popular senior purchasing manager Jacqui Evans, of near Coventry, passed away aged 53 in December 2015. Purchasing colleagues from Jaguar Land Rover, including ones from Coventry, Gaydon and Whitley, have since been fundraising for us after we helped Jacqui to live well for as long as possible.

Her colleagues’ latest memorial ball saw 180 guests enjoy dinner, music, a photo booth, auction and raffle, to raise £37,875 for Penny Brohn UK. The event was held at Hogarths Hotel, Solihull and included a sneak peek at new products including the Land Rover Velar.

JLR representatives recently presented a giant cheque to us.

Jacqui’s friend and colleague, Emma Bailes said:

“We were overwhelmed by people’s support and generosity towards Penny Brohn at both events.

“Our inspiration, Jacqui, was an incredible woman who’s sorely missed.

“Her cancer battle was undoubtedly made easier when she met the Penny Brohn team.

“She spoke fondly of her time there and the great friends she made, which is why we wanted to raise funds to help people facing the disease.”

The 2016 ball raised £18,065. Whilst colleague Jan McLure, has taken up running and is doing 10 races – over 120 miles – within about six months. Her efforts will include seven half marathons, a 15-mile, nine-mile and 10km races between March-October.

She has beaten the Warwick, Shakespeare (Stratford), Worcester, Compton Verney and Kenilworth half marathons, Banbury 15 Miles, Arden 9-mile Road Race and Two Castles 10km.

The Stratford Athletic Club member has so far raised over £2,200 for us.

Jan finished her latest endeavour, the Great North Run, in 02:02:42 on September 10, and ends with the Great Scottish Run (half marathon) in Glasgow on October 1st.

She said:

“Younger colleagues challenged me to do The Wolf Run with them about a year ago.

“I trained hard so I didn’t embarrass myself.

“I came third out of our group and thought, I have this level of fitness, why not keep going and do something worthwhile to honour Jacqui?

“It’s extremely tough, but strangely enjoyable and I’m motivated by the fact it’s for Jacqui and Penny Brohn, a charity close to all of our hearts.”

Penny Brohn relies on donations, so without caring people and companies like JLR we couldn’t continue to support people with cancer, before, during and after treatment.

This partnership continues to enable us to invest in our Midlands services, so everyone there needing our vital support can access it.