P&O Cruises is truly riding on the crest of a fundraising wave, since we launched our partnership in February 2013.
P&O Cruises’ employees and its fleet of eight ships have hosted a number of exciting activities and events to raise money for Macmillan since our partnership launched, including officer and crew fitness challenges, weekly coffee mornings and foreign coin collections.
One of the local projects to benefit from the funds raised by a team from the head office in Southampton, is the new Macmillan Healing Garden at Southampton General Hospital. The team took part in the tough Isle of Wight Challenge; a 106 km hike around the island, helping to fund the complete refurbishment of the garden at the Macmillan Cancer Information Centre. Thanks to their efforts, people affected by cancer and their families now have a tranquil place where they can enjoy some peace and quiet together during treatment.
Hannah Matthews, Events Co-ordinator at P&O Cruises said: “When I took part in the Isle of Wight Challenge last year, it was to give something back to Macmillan for the support their nurses provided to my Nan when she was unwell with cancer. To know that taking on the trek and undergoing all the training that went with it, has helped contribute to such an incredible amount is absolutely brilliant. I feel really proud to have been involved with the partnership.”
Passengers have also jumped on board with supporting the partnership, with children taking part in Macmillan’s Dress up and Dance events and by making generous auction bids for unique keepsakes such as signed navigational charts. A number of cruises have also been kindly donated as prizes for Macmillan’s prestigious social events, raffles and lottery and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel-Horwood, has helped to promote World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Gerard Tempest, Chief Commercial Officer at P&O said: “Many of our colleagues who have taken on challenges for Macmillan have themselves been supported by the charity during a cancer experience, and it’s this personal understanding of the difference they can make that has driven us to such fundraising heights. I’m also delighted to know that the money we’ve raised will contribute to services right here in our local community, which is a truly fantastic legacy for everyone involved in the partnership.”
Partnership Manager at Macmillan, Rachel Gascoigne said: ‘We’re delighted that P&O Cruises is raising vital funds and awareness of Macmillan amongst staff and passengers. For most of us, cancer will be the toughest fight we ever face, but by working with us, P&O Cruises is helping us to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”