1 April 2015
Macmillan launches Push A Sprout Up A Mountain With Your Snout challenge.
Macmillan Cancer Support has today announced the launch of a brand new fundraising event: the Push A Sprout Up A Mountain With Your Snout challenge. The new event which is due to take place on 1 June 2015 was inspired by Macmillan fundraiser Stuart Kettell, 49, who last year spent four days pushing 22 brussels sprouts to the summit of Mount Snowdon with his nose.
Participants will be asked to pay an entry fee of £25 and raise at least £406 - which pays for a Macmillan nurse for two days - in order to take part. Those with sniffers strong enough to reach the summit will see their names join Stuart Kettell’s in Macmillan’s wacky fundraising Hall of Fame.
With an eye for an unorthodox challenge, fundraiser Stuart Kettell has previously completed various mad hat fundraising challenges, including seven marathons in a giant human hamster wheel and levitating in mid air for a week. He says: “There really couldn’t be a more knee grazing, neck aching, but all-round fantastically fun challenge to throw yourself in to. My top tip would be to breathe through your mouth rather than your nose as sprouts can be a bit whiffy. And I started my training with ‘bigger’ foods in my back garden – my neighbours thought I was mad when they saw me on my hands and knees, pushing a Satsuma round with my nose!”
Craig Fordham, Head of Challenge Events at Macmillan, says: “In the first year the event will be based around Mount Snowdon in Wales but we hope that it will eventually expand to include mountains the world over. We’re hoping a date in the spring is far enough away not to cause a Christmas shortage of everyone’s favourite festive veg. We picked brussels sprouts because they are our favourite colour: Macmillan green!”
Macmillan is urging members of the public who are looking for a fundraising challenge with a difference to sing up to Push A Sprout Up A Mountain With Your Snout challenge. Visit www.macmillan.org.uk/sproutchallenge for more information on how to get involved, raise funds and make a vital difference to Macmillan’s aim of ensuring that no one has to face cancer alone.
For more information please contact:
Gabrielle Taylor – Senior PR and Media Officer (Fundraising), Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7091 2429 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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