The 20th instalment of the Gower Macmarathon took place Saturday 9th September, and headline sponsors Swansea Building Society are once again doing their bit to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Swansea Building Society was the headline sponsor of the event for the first time in 2015. The Society is now celebrating its third anniversary of its partnership with the Macmillian event by once again entering a team of walkers made up of staff at the company.
Leading the society’s walkers this Saturday will be chief executive of the Society Alun Williams. The team will complete the 22 miles from Rhossili to Mumbles Cricket Club to raise money for specialist cancer services.
Walkers taking part in this year’s Macmarathon have the option to complete a 22 mile, 14 mile or 2.5 mile walk around the stunning Gower peninsula. The 14 mile option takes walkers from Port Eynon to Mumbles Cricket Club, and the 2.5 mile journey takes walkers from Caswell Bay to Mumbles.
In 2015, 19,088 people in Wales were diagnosed with cancer and it’s now estimated that half of all people will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives.
Last year, the Gower Macmarathon raised £176,965. This is enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for over three years, showing how important this fundraising event is for those affected by cancer.
Chief executive of Swansea Building Society, Alun Williams, said:
“We are really pleased to be sponsoring and taking part in this very popular fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support for the third year running.
“We are proud to be giving something back into the local community as the only building society or bank with its headquarters in West Wales.
“This is my third year taking part in the Macmarathon and I’m delighted that Swansea Building Society is the headline sponsor with a team taking part once again. We hope that we can raise even more funds this year as we have done previously for this important cause.”
Swansea and Neath Port Talbot fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, Mike Houghton, added:
“It is fantastic that Swansea Building Society, an amazing local company, is supporting the Gower Macmarathon. Their help, input and support has been invaluable over the past three years and has allowed us to grow the Macmarathon into the biggest volunteer led event for Macmillan. We are so grateful to them for their support and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”