3 March 2016
Beth has completed a marathon row for Macmillan – on a rowing machine!
On 21st February, Beth Ward completed a marathon row on a rowing machine, raising an amazing £3,841 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Beth was motivated to take on a challenge to raise money for Macmillan by her inspiring Aunt Jo – she tells us her story:
'In the last year of her life my aunt Jo became something of a public figure. She wrote for and was interviewed by national newspapers and magazines and appeared on Channel 4 news to discuss her illness, treatment and personal plans regarding her terminal diagnosis.
'Of everyone in my family I felt a particularly close bond with her, and of everyone in my family she was probably the one who fought the hardest for other people when she was sick. One of the many incredible organisations that supported her and our entire family when we needed it most was Macmillan.
'Knowing what an incredible job Macmillan nurses do I wanted to do something to support an organisation concerned with the comfort and emotional wellbeing of those suffering with this insidious disease and those that care for them.
'At the age of 29 I have lost count of the number of friends and family members affected by cancer, it is a disease that does not discriminate, there is no vaccine and no fail safe cure. As long as this is the case the service Macmillan provides will be invaluable.'
Beth continued; 'I've never been particularly athletic myself, quite the opposite in fact; I've never rowed before and I've never completed any kind of marathon. In the course of my training I had blisters, injuries, shredded feet, crippling self doubt and moments of pure elation and a sense of incredible achievement.
'I took on this challenge because I think it's the kind of ridiculously ambitious goal my aunt would have set herself, and because I want to compel as many people as possible to donate as much as possible to an incredible cause.'
Macmillan’s Fundraising Manager Ceris Bradley said, 'Beth has done an amazing thing and has raised a fantastic amount of money, which will enable us to continue supporting people affected by cancer in the many different ways they need us to. Beth should be really proud of her achievement and I’m sure she has inspired many others to take on a challenge this year!'
£3,575 could pay for a Macmillan Nurse Primary Care for a month, helping people living with cancer across the whole pathway receive the support they need.
For information on fundraising for Macmillan as a business, group or individual, call 0300 1000 200 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/fundraising.
To access support from Macmillan visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.