18 August 2014
This bank holiday weekend a team of fundraisers from Hampshire aim to help raise £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by walking the whole of the Isle of Wight in just one day.The group of fundraisers from local business P&O Cruises will cover the gruelling 106 kilometres completely on foot.
The money raised by 20 walkers from the south coast will go towards funding a new garden for people affected by cancer at Southampton General Hospital. Cancer treatment can often be gruelling and spending time in a hospital environment can be hard for a person going through cancer treatment, and their family. The new healing garden will be a tranquil place where people affected by cancer and their families can enjoy some peace and quiet together.
Hannah Matthews, Events Coordinator at P&O Cruises and one of the walkers says, “I know a lot of people who have had cancer and two people close to me have lost their lives because of it, in particular my Nanny. She had a Macmillan nurse who came to look after her in her last few weeks at home before she was finally in peace. I like to keep fit and have done fundraising runs before, but nothing over 5km! So this is a great challenge for me, for a fantastic cause, and I am personally hoping to raise at least a couple of hundred pounds”.
The challenge is just one part of P&O Cruises’ partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support which began in February 2013. Since then P&O Cruises have hosted a number of fun activities on board their fleet 7 ships, including officer and crew fitness challenges and coffee mornings. However this is the first challenge event that their Head Office staff have attempted.
Cat Morton, Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support says, “A huge good luck to everyone taking on this impressive challenge. For many of us, cancer will be the toughest fight we ever face, but through our partnership and by taking on this challenge, P&O Cruises will help Macmillan to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”
If you would like to support Hannah and team in their attempt, please visit www.justgiving.com/PandOCruisesIsleofWightChallenge2014 .
For further information please contact:
Melissa Shelley, PR & Communications Officer
0207 091 2319
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
About P&O cruises
P&O Cruises can trace its roots back over 175 years to the formation of the Peninsular Steam Navigation company in 1837. The exceptional choices and service of the cruises provide not only create memorable experiences, but are also great value for money.
- Winners of The 2013 British Travel Awards’ ‘Best Family Cruise Line’; ‘Best UK departure Cruise Line and ‘Best overall Cruise Line’ Also winners of The Times Travel Awards 2013 ‘Best Ocean Cruise Company.”
- They have seven ships currently in operation