Sep 18, 2019


We are delighted to reveal that we have raised a whopping £16,500 for Maggie’s Centre in Newcastle after joining forces with a whole host of businesses from the North East and beyond for this year’s Primula Ball.

Hosted by our managing director, Paul Lewney, the glittering Primula Charity Ball, which was attended by more supporters than ever before, raised our highest ever total through donations, ticket sales, an auction, raffle and tombola.

It’s recently been revealed that one in two of us will now be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime* and Maggie’s was chosen by the Primula charity committee as this year’s ball beneficiary with that in mind.

Maggie’s has supported thousands of patients across the North East, including those employed by and connected with Primula and our parent company Kavli.

Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Its 22 centres across the country are staffed by cancer support specialists, benefits advisors, nutritionists, therapists and psychologists, all providing supported bespoke to the individual.

Maggie’s in the North East is raising funds for a planned extension to its centre at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle to give additional capacity for the increasing demand on its services.

Linda Boon, development chef at our sister company Castle MacLellan, who has been supported by Maggie’s over the past twelve months, commented: “It’s fantastic that Primula has chosen to support Maggie’s at this year’s ball. I’ve seen first-hand exactly how vital its services are.

“When I received my diagnosis last year, I was in a state of shock and didn’t know where to turn. Maggie’s helped me to come to terms with my diagnoses and helped prepare me mentally for the battle ahead. It gives you routine; it’s somewhere to get up and get dressed for in the morning and is a good place to meet people in similar circumstances to understand how others have coped. Visiting the centre really was like a break from hospital, without actually leaving the hospital.

“The money raised on the evening will make such a different to people going through a really tough time and I’m so proud to work for a company that supports causes like this.”

The money we raised at the ball follows a donation of £24,000 made to Maggie’s last Christmas as part of our annual site briefing.

Paul Lewney, managing director at Primula Cheese, said: “Charity is at the heart of everything we do at Primula and it’s thanks to the hard work of our staff here in Gateshead and across the UK that we have been able to raise not only thousands of pounds at our ball, but an overall total of more than £40,000 for such a great cause. 

“Unfortunately, cancer is something that most of us have been affected by, whether that’s a personal experience, or something we’ve seen our friends, family and colleagues experience. Maggie’s staff do a wonderful job at giving respite to people who are on that journey and showing that you absolutely can live with cancer, including some of our colleagues here at Primula and Kavli, and we’re delighted to be able to support that invaluable work.”

Marissa Magee, Fundraising Manager at Maggie’s, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be Primula’s chosen charity for its annual ball. Maggie’s is for everyone affected by cancer, including their family and friends. Everything at Maggie’s is funded by the local community so donations like this are vitally important.”

Sponsors and supporters at the Primula Charity Ball included Active Electrical Services NE Ltd, Albéa, Alchemy Media, Complete Material Handling, Graphic Packaging International, Roflow Environmental Engineering, Sanlam Wealthsmiths, Square One Law, Synlab and VBites.

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