11 June 2013
Tonight the best of Parliamentary brawn roll up their sleeves at the 26th annual Macmillan House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War on Tuesday 11 June to help raise £120,000 for the charity.
Guests at the truly unique event sponsored by Taylor Wimpey will behold Lords and MPs battling it out over a Tug of War rope to claim the House of Parliament Tug Champions title for the year and help Macmillan make sure no one faces cancer alone.
Match commentator, James Landale, deputy political editor for the BBC, said: 'If you have ever wanted to see politicians get pulled around the park, do join us for a tug of war like no other. You can sip cold champagne while MPs and peers get hot under the collar. What is there not to like? And at the same time, you can help Macmillan raise more than £120,000 for those living and dealing with cancer.'
Tickets are available for the garden-party style event which takes place at the Westminster College Gardens, within the stunning Westminster Abbey College Gardens, under the watchful eye of Big Ben.
Guests will enjoy Champagne and canapés, followed by a delicious standing supper as they take in the 10 matches, both male and female, adjudicated by the Tug of War Association. Matches are also taking place between the armed forces, headline sponsors Taylor Wimpey and BAE Systems, corporate partners and ultimately the House of Lords vs House of Commons.
Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War is the result of a 26 year partnership with Taylor Wimpey that has made over £3 million for the charity, allowing it to make a massive difference to those in the toughest fight they will probably ever face - cancer.
The idea for the event came about in 1987 after a chance conversation between Macmillan and the then named Taylor Woodrow about the company’s logo featuring four men pulling on a rope. Taylor Woodrow initially agreed to sponsor the pulls for one year but the enduring agreement has lasted through its merger with George Wimpey to create Taylor Wimpey to present day. As one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, Taylor Wimpey strives to make a positive difference to the communities in which it operates and actively encourages its employees to take part in various charitable and community activities.
Westminster College Garden doors will open at 5.30pm until 9pm. For more information, contact event manager Andi Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0207 840 4908 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/tugofwar.
For further information or to enquire about press tickets, please contact:
Katy Chaytor – Macmillan Cancer Support Press Office
Direct line 020 7840 4903 (out of office 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
More than one in three of us will get cancer. For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face. And the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder.
But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.
We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The community there for you online, any time. The supporters who make it all possible.
The Macmillan team is here to support you every step of the way. For more information or to donate visit
www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.
About Taylor Wimpey [plc]
Taylor Wimpey plc is one of the largest residential developers in the UK, developing new homes and communities across the country. It operates from 24 regional offices across England, Scotland and Wales and builds over 10,000 homes each year. Taylor Wimpey is a responsible homebuilder that is committed to health and safety, environmental sustainability, providing excellent customer service and engaging with local communities.
For further information please visit about.taylorwimpey.co.uk