Help raise £108,000 to fund two new Macmillan Professionals

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People in Lincolnshire are being encouraged to help raise funds for the two new Professionals

Fundraisers for Macmillan Cancer Support are asking the people of Lincolnshire to help raise enough money to fund two new Macmillan Professionals.

Every day in Lincolnshire, 13 people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer and 6 will die from the disease.

A fundraising party of over two hundred supporters from across the country will be walking the 297 mile Macmillan Way this July in an attempt to raise £108,000 for the charity.

The route, starting in Boston in Lincolnshire and ending in Abbotsbury on the Dorset Coast, will take in Surfleet, Thurlby and Stamford.

The fundraisers are calling for help from individuals, groups and businesses in the region who would be willing to support the challenge by either taking part in a section of the walk, or by offering corporate or individual sponsorship. Details can be found at www.macmillanwalk.uk.

The challenge is being led by South West law firm, BPE, and spearheaded by lawyer, Rob Bryan. Rob was inspired to launch the campaign after his mother and a close friend were cared for by Macmillan Cancer Support so he witnessed first hand the incredible support and care they were given.

Macmillan Cancer Support help people living with cancer in Lincolnshire and across the UK, receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

In 2015, the charity reached 2 million cancer patients through Macmillan Services. In addition to these patients, Macmillan helped many more carers, family members and friends, reaching 5.8 million people in total.

There are currently 28,000 people living with cancer in Lincolnshire and it is predicted the number will more than double to 58,500 by 2030 - enough to fill Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank stadium nearly six times.

Rob Bryan of BPE Solicitors says: “We will be walking through Lincolnshire between Saturday 1st and Tuesday 4th July, taking in Surfleet, Thurlby and Stamford, before heading for Oakham past Rutland Water on Tuesday 4th.

“It would be fantastic to see as many people as possible from the area come out and join us for a small part of the route.

“We really are rallying support from across the country, it’s very exciting and so great to see how passionate people are about Macmillan Cancer Support. Any level of support would be hugely welcome.

“We are encouraging individuals, parish councils, small fundraising groups and businesses in a position to offer corporate sponsorship to get in touch and find out how they can help.

“I am very committed to people being treated with dignity throughout their lives and especially at the end of their lives. Macmillan Cancer Support made a profound difference to my Mum and to our family.”

Jamie Davenport, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in Lincolnshire, adds: “Macmillan works tirelessly to support people in Lincolnshire living with cancer, and their families.

“But resources are tight. We rely heavily on donations from the hard work of fundraisers such as BPE and Rob. Please, if you can join in the walk and help fundraise, any level of support would make a huge difference to Macmillan and to the people that we support.”

How to get involved

The team, including Rob, members of his family, BPE colleagues and clients, and friends, will set off on the 297 mile challenge from Boston in Lincolnshire on 1st July and walk coast to coast, finishing in Abbotsbury in Dorset on 29th July (29/7).

Rob is hoping that everyone walking will raise £297 for the campaign and each sponsor will sponsor at least £29.70. He is inviting everyone to get involved by:

*Joining him on the walk, taking in all or some of the route;

*Sponsoring him (or friends and family) to do the walk here;

*Local companies offering corporate sponsorship and encouraging colleagues and employees to get involved. Corporate sponsors already include: Le Creuset; BPE; Thwaites Communications; Bristol and Bath Science Park; Career Directed Solutions; Emperor; Village Web Design, OxoEveCreative.

For more information about how you can get involved, visit www.macmillanwalk.uk or email macmillanchallenge@bpe.co.uk.

For donations, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MacmillanWayChallenge

Follow the team on twitter @BPE_Rob