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A fitting tribute to a much-loved colleague

Some of the team at Europa Warehouse Corby

The team at Corby logistics firm Europa Warehouse has raised £22,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of a colleague.

Graham Dezelsky, who was head of operations, was a key member of the team with responsibility for opening the £60 million facility in Corby in 2020. Mr Dezelsky died last year within weeks of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

His devastated colleagues wanted to pay a fitting tribute by fundraising in his honour. In total, across all sites and events, the Europa team raised £11,000, with Europa Worldwide Group match funding to take the total to £22,000.

Customers, staff, and suppliers also donated for the cause with help and guidance from Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Europa Warehouse head of sales Sally Watson, with colleagues Sonal Patel and Sarah Cox, led the fundraising efforts. “We all miss Graham hugely and feel this is a fitting tribute to our much-loved colleague,” she said.

Europa Worldwide Group’s chief executive Andrew Baxter had worked closely with Graham for the past nine years. “We were all devastated to lose such a hugely valued member of our team,” he said. “Good humoured, dedicated, straightforward and incredibly personable, he is greatly missed by us all. We would like to thank everyone who donated to achieve this amazing amount and we are delighted that Europa was able to match-fund the project.”

The donation will support the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Sherie Holding, director of people and culture at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Europa Worldwide Group for their support. In coming together as a team in Graham’s memory, they have helped ensure that we can be here for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer and can continue investing in world-class research.

“The money they have raised will take us a step closer to making early diagnosis and better, more effective treatments a reality for future patients and their loved ones.”