18 October 2016
Argos employee Sion Harper completed the challenge of running 107 miles from Milton Keynes, where the retailer’s head office is based, to Bognor Regis last week, in an attempt to raise £10,000 for Argos’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.
After four days of running across six counties, he arrived at the Argos staff conference in Bognor Regis on Thursday. Luckily, Sion didn’t have to face this massive challenge alone, as he was joined by his parents for the last three days of the run and his daughter was there at the finish line to congratulate and welcome him too.
Sion made his way to the conference stage just in time to receive a hero’s welcome from Davina McCall, who was hosting the conference on behalf of Argos.
So far Sion has raised nearly £8,000. If he is successful in reaching his target, the £10,000 will be enough to fund 357 Macmillan nursing hours, helping Macmillan to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.
Sion said: “This was a really tough challenge, not just because of the run itself, but because of the preparation involved, as I ran over 400 miles in training alone! It’s been totally worth it though, because I hope to raise £10,000 to help Macmillan, who do such amazing work for people with cancer across the UK.
“It really meant a lot having Mum and Dad join me for the final leg, and it was lovely to meet Davina McCall at the end of it all – even though I was exhausted at the time!”
Catriona Munn, Senior Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support added: “Here at Macmillan we are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from Argos colleagues and their customers. Without amazing people like Sion we couldn’t do what we do, so we want to say a massive thank you to Sion and everyone who supported him.
Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner last year, Argos colleagues and customers across the UK have raised £1.5 million, funding over 53,000 hours of Macmillan nursing care to help provide even more support for people affected by cancer.
To support Sion in his run visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SION-HARPER
For more information please contact:
Laura Williams – Assistant Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support on:
020 7840 3583 / LaWilliams@macmillan.org.uk
Notes to editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.
Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016. Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed c.30,000 people across the business.
About the Macmillan Cancer Support & Argos partnership
Cancer is often the toughest fight many people will face. Argos and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to improve access to vital Macmillan nursing hours for everyone affected by cancer, to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.
Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner last year, Argos colleagues and customers have raised £1.5 million, funding over 53,000 hours of vital Macmillan nursing care to help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.