Inclusions supplier Pecan Deluxe Candy has raised more than £3,500 for a cancer charity.

Staff and management at the Leeds-based business are supporting Jacqui’s Million, a charity set up by a terminal cancer sufferer to raise £1m for Leeds Cancer Centre.

The charity was founded by Jacqui Drake, who has personal ties to the company. She was first diagnosed with melanoma in 1991 and despite setbacks has beaten the odds for survival.

Activity by Pecan Deluxe Candy has included support for a book launch, an 80s night, donation of auction prizes and staff initiatives including a Christmas Jumper Day and Festive Buffet.

The company is sponsoring the Positive Vibes Cabaret Concert in Leeds on 30 June, and many factory and office staff at the business are running in the Yorkshire Marathon Relay on 14 October. Workers have formed two teams to take part in aid of the charity.

“Having known Jacqui for some time we were very proud to announce Jacqui’s Million as our chosen corporate charity six months ago,” said Pecan Deluxe Candy MD Graham Kingston. “We’re all delighted to see how Jacqui’s boundless positivity and contributions from many supporters have already helped to bring in nearly £90,000 towards her target.”

“I also have nothing but admiration for our teams of colleagues who will be tackling the Yorkshire Marathon – especially as more than one of them has never run an organised race before in their lives.”

Established in the UK in 1999, Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) Ltd is a fully owned UK subsidiary of US-based Pecan Deluxe Candy Company, a family owned business founded in 1950.