Members of Macmillan Cancer Support in Chester are celebrating after receiving £1,000 from Vodafone UK.

Representatives of the charity collected the Vodafone Community Connection Award after staff in the city store chose the deserving cause.

The charity provides specialist health care, as well as social, emotional and practical support to those affected by cancer and their families.

Fundraising manager in Chester Sarah Page said: “Thank you so much to the Vodafone store team for your generous donation. In Cheshire and Merseyside there are currently over 83,000 people living with or beyond cancer and a staggering 40 people a day across the region will receive a cancer diagnosis.

“In Chester we are currently funding a project which will redesign palliative care services and we are positive that this project will help more people and their loved ones. Macmillan Cancer Support is 99.9% funded from public donations so it is vital that we have the support of local businesses such as Vodafone in order to ensure no one faces cancer alone.”

Vodafone’s Community Connection Awards, launched in 2014, have already made a difference to more than 70 communities across the UK. Selected by local Vodafone staff and aimed at supporting local causes, the awards have been used to help support everything from new equipment for soup kitchens and day centres for the elderly to helping people with disabilities to take part in sporting activities.

Assistant store manager at Vodafone in Chester Sarah Killen said: “We’re staggered by the number of people affected by cancer in Cheshire and Merseyside. We’re so pleased we are able to help Macmillan to continue their good work.”