Lords vs CommonsTug of War


Lords vs Commons Tug of War

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Thank you to everyone who made the 30th anniversary of Macmillan’s House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War such a success! Over £113,500 was raised for Macmillan!

What an event it was for the 30th anniversary! Set once again in the beautiful surroundings of Westminster College Gardens, the event was kicked off with the best of start as the grey skies cleared in time leaving not a cloud in sight throughout the evening. As guests entered the gardens they were met with a champagne reception on the rolling college lawn with the fantastic three piece folk act Ze Trio providing the perfect music with their upbeat folk classics to get the guests into the swing of the event.

The main event of the evening was kicked off by Jeremy Vine who as ever was a fantastic host for the event providing quick wit and commentary. 10 Tug of War matches were held in total, bringing together some of the biggest rivalries - RAF vs Army, the fire services, industry giants, city firms and the headline match, the House of Lords vs the House of Commons. Each match lived up to the incredibly high expectations of the audience with some teams being inseparable until the third and final match!

Thank you again to everyone who has supported this event and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Event sponsor

Taylor Wimpey


Marks and Spencer

How can I volunteer at the Tug of War?

We'd be really interested in hearing from you if you might be able to help us with this event. Please contact Andi Hall on tugofwar@macmillan.org.uk


How do I get to the venue?

The nearest tube station to the event is St James's Park.


What are the timings for this event?

Doors open at 5.30 pm. The event finishes promptly at 9 pm.


What is the dress code for the event?

The dress code is smart casual.


Is there disabled access?

I can't make it to the event but I'd like to donate. How do I do that?

Please donate by calling 020 7840 4800 to pay over the phone with credit or debit card.


How do I support with a prize donation?

Please let us know how you can help by calling 020 7840 4800.


Corporate Team Package £6000

Enter a corporate team and enjoy exposure for your company and team at the event

  • Team entry for 8 – 10 team members
  • Banner displayed at the side of the match pitch
  • Half page colour advert in the programme
  • 8 VIP guest tickets

Team entry £4000

  • Team entry for 8 – 10 team members
  • Can be added to any sponsor or corporate patron package

There are many Sponsor and Patron packages available ranging from £5,000 to £22,000.

Benefits to your company will include:

  • Company name and logo on event invitation, tickets and programme cover
  • Full page colour advert within programme
  • Logo and link included on Macmillan website
  • Team entry to the Sponsors’ Match
  • Pitch side banner
  • VIP tickets to the Tug of War with dedicated space within Sponsors’ Marquee
  • Opportunity for further corporate signage
  • Marketing and PR opportunities
  • Social media activity

For more information or to discuss these opportunities further, please contact Rebecca Harfield on 0207 840 4800 or email tugofwar@macmillan.org.uk

Our sponsors

Taylor Wimpey


Last year we raised


which could pay for a new small Macmillan information and support centre.

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