Focus on Gloucestershire
2014 has been a great year for Macmillan in Gloucestershire and it is allowing us to help more people affected by cancer in the area. We are planning on 2015 being even more successful.
Our committees based throughout Gloucestershire in Cirencester, Didmarton, Tewkesbury & Churchdown have raised almost £80,000. If you would like to get involved with events, store collections or you have some fundraising ideas you would like to put into action yourself, please contact me as we are always looking for new volunteers and new ideas.
In June, Macmillan Cancer Support was the official charity for the Wiggle Mountain Mayhem event held at Gatcombe Park. This event is the biggest 24 hour mountain bike endurance event in the world, and this year many of the cyclists gained sponsorship for Macmillan. We not only raised money from this event but it helped us promote awareness of the work of Macmillan to a wider audience.
Team Macmillan, based themselves in the shopping village - ‘Mini Mayhem’ - and ensured that all our cyclists were cheered through the start and welcomed across the finishing line. Families were also entertained by the Bouncy Castle which was run in aid of Macmillan and we signed up a large number of supporters as e-campaigners for Macmillan. Becoming an e-campaigner is a really valuable and easy way to help improve the lives of cancer patients and their families and carers.
View our fundraising pages to find out about other events, sign up to take on a challenge or volunteer for supporting roles and find out other ways in which you can get involved with Macmillan.
In March 2014 we held a very successful Homes & Gardens Fair at Rendcomb College. In 2015 we will be holding a Grand Spring and Plant Fair on April 11th at Ingleside House in Cirencester. There will be a variety of imaginative stalls offering accessories and plants for your home and garden and light refreshments available. We are delighted that Adkins Estate Agents are sponsoring this event.
Between April and July, Jonas Pollard and Matthias Christian from Stroud completed their cycle event, Crossing Countries for Cancer in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, They cycled 4,000 miles from Gloucestershire to the Black Sea, and then from Milan in Italy, over the Alps and back home to Stroud.
Rather than opting to go for an already organised expedition, they chose to take on the challenge themselves. They carried all of their kit with them, from their tent and stove to their food and clothes, not forgetting of course a flick knife to ward off those Romanian bears! They raised over £7,000 for us – what a tremendous effort and achievement.
We continue to work with many Gloucestershire companies who raise money and support us. We have in 2014 begun a partnership with SHS Drinks in Gloucester and Caring Homes, Cheltenham which continues into 2015 and we are looking for more partnerships like this in Gloucestershire.
Our Corporate partnerships are beneficial for both the charity and the corporate either by making a difference in the community or through team building fundraising activities. Please contact me if you work in, or own a company, which may be interested in working with us.
September saw the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning take over the country, raising over £24.4 million by the end of 2014. Here in Gloucestershire, we certainly rose to the occasion with our Coffee mornings totalling over £195,000! Sign up for the event in 2015.
One of the highlights of the pre Christmas charity fairs, was the Westonbirt Fair in October. This is the 2nd year we have been involved in the Fair and we were delighted to share the £26,000 raised with Home-Start in Gloucestershire.
We continue our charity partnership in 2015 and the event is already in the planning stages, this year’s Fair will take place on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October at Westonbirt School where once again we will be looking for volunteers.
In 2015 we have many local events scheduled. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page to keep in touch with what is happening near you and if you have some fundraising ideas, please contact me.
Fundraising Manager - Gloucestershire