Oracle is thrilled to have been chosen as this year’s chosen charity for Local Authority Building Control (LABC).
LABC represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. The group’s network of 3,000 professional surveyors provides advice and services to home and property owners, architects, plan drawers, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure buildings are safe, healthy and efficient to meet standards set by the building regulations.
Each year, the LABC President selects a charity to support with fundraising at LABC’s Regional and National Awards nights and with other one-off events and initiatives.
This year’s LABC President is Chris Griffith-Jones, Head of Building Control at Winchester City Council.
Chris has chosen Oracle as his charity because head and neck cancer is a cause close to his heart. Chris says –
“When I heard of Oracle, it seemed that someone had designed a charity for me.
“Tragically, in two short years, I lost my sister Julie to thyroid cancer and my father Colin from salivary gland cancer. The photo on the right shows my family: my wife and two daughters on the right and my sister, father and mother on the left.
“The devastation of the disease affected my mother greatly and sadly she died last year as well. This photo just goes to show how this disease cuts families in two.
“My aim for my Presidential year is to raise as much money for research as I can and to raise the profile of Oracle and its fight against one of the most physically debilitating forms of cancer.”
Fundraising so far
And LABC’s fundraising has got off to a fantastic start!
As of May 2018, Oracle has benefitted from seven Awards Nights across the UK in Leicester, Plymouth, Manchester, North and South Wales, London and Milton Keynes.
Guests have heard from Oracle representatives and Chris about the devastating impact of head and neck cancer and have put their hands in their pockets to donate and bid on silent auction lots to raise funds for Oracle’s vital research.
Elsewhere, other LABC members have donated to the fundraising campaign with Conference fundraising, Christmas Cards sales and by signing up to Chris’s £100 Challenge. Other events coming up also include a 100 mile bike ride, quiz night and even a head shave!
Thanks to their efforts, LABC members have already raised over £25,000 for Oracle’s work with events still to come across the country.
A huge thank you to Chris and the whole LABC team for their generous support. We’re looking forward to the events to come!