18 January 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging everyone to pull on their walking boots and rack up some Miles for Macmillan as part of the charity’s UK wide walking programme.
It couldn’t be easier to take part - check out the 50+ walks which Macmillan has organised in association with Boots UK, and simply select one to suit you between February and October, and help Macmillan achieve their target of £1.8million so they can reach and support more people affected by cancer in the UK.
Alternatively, supporters can hold their own by choosing their date and route, and inviting friends, family or colleagues to join them and get sponsored for their efforts. Simple!
Lynda Thomas, Macmillan Director of Fundraising, added:
“Taking part in Miles for Macmillan is a great way to explore all the wonderful towns and countryside Britain has to offer whilst supporting people affected by cancer. Whether it’s a casual stroll for the whole family or a full-on challenge in the name of someone you love, we are calling for people across the UK to sign up and help us achieve Miles for Macmillan.”
Walks range from The Yorkshire Three Peaks taking place on Saturday 30 June (a 25 mile challenge taking in some of the Dales’ finest scenery) to the stunning, and more sedate, 5 mile amble along the Thames for our London walk on Sunday 20 May. Or, if you like to go your own way, why not hike across the dramatic West Highland Way (open all year round), whilst looking out for some of Scotland's rarer wildlife, including red deer, feral goats and even golden eagles.
Macmillan and Boots UK are inviting people to enjoy the great outdoors and get active to help improve the lives of people in their community living with cancer. Working in partnership with Macmillan, this year Boots has introduced specialist training for its pharmacists, healthcare colleagues and No7 advisors to help deliver more ways for people affected by cancer to get information and support on the high street, in local communities and online.
All the money raised through Miles for Macmillan will help Macmillan provide medical, financial, practical and emotional support to the two million people living with cancer in the UK.
To find a walk near you, or for a Miles for Macmillan fundraising pack, see macmillan.org.uk/walking, or tel: 0300 1000 200 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).
Case studies and images are available on request from:
Katy Chaytor/Kate Benns– PR Officer
Tel: 020 7840 4903
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Notes to Editors:
Miles for Macmillan
Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK are inviting people to enjoy the great outdoors and get active to help improve the lives of people in their community living with cancer. There are fifty eight organised walks across the country so you can choose one that’s perfect for you. Or why not choose your own route. It couldn’t be easier to achieve Miles for Macmillan.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. 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 fundraisers who make it all possible. More than one in three of us get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
We are Macmillan Cancer Support.
Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK
Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK are working together to improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer. Through the partnership, this year Boots has introduced specialist training for its pharmacists, healthcare colleagues and No7 advisors to help deliver more ways for people affected by cancer to get information and support on the high street, in local communities and online.