On Saturday 8 June people from far and wide hiked the stunning South Downs Way from Brighton to Eastbourne, raising money to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.
Jill Barker, Macmillan HPB Clinical Nurse Specialist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital walked 26 miles with her team. She said: “As a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, I know how important the physical, financial and emotional support that Macmillan provides can be.
“We were talking about doing a charity walk for Macmillan and heard about the South Coast Mighty Hike through a patient’s relative. We use Macmillan a lot for information for our patients in the clinic, so it’s something that’s very close to our oncology centre.”
Macmillan’s Mighty Hikes are a series of one-day hiking marathons that take place in beautiful locations across the UK to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Clinical professionals were joined by patients, family, friends and members of the community who wanted to show their support for the charity. Together, they took in spectacular views of the finest unspoilt coastline from the chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters Country Park.
Natalie Swallow, Finance Business Partner at Macmillan Cancer Support, got involved for the first time this year. She said: “We thought it would be a great opportunity for team bonding, and at the same time raise money for the charity we’re proud to work for. It’s also nice to get out for a walk along the coast.”
Natalie had been training hard for the event, adding: “I was walking to and from work a lot, and my friends recently came with me to Margate for a windy walk along the coast to Ramsgate. We passed another South Coast Mighty Hiker along the way and cheered each other on!”
Last year approximately 10,800 people walked 2,203,200 miles between them to raise £5.75million for Macmillan.
The charity is almost entirely funded by donations and simply could not continue to meet the growing demand for Macmillan services without the public’s help. The money generously raised through challenge events like the South Coast Mighty Hike ensures Macmillan can continue to offer a broad range of cancer information and support services – including a free support line and a community of over 7,700 healthcare professionals.
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