Maggie’s Swansea has announced that for a second year they will continue their headline charity partnership with Wales’ biggest summer half marathon.
This is big news for the charity that remains to be locally managed, even though they have centres across the UK, all fundraising in Swansea is kept in the community so each centre can be sustained and continue providing the much needed care and support that is required.
Tash Smith; Senior Events Coordinator at Front Runner Events said:
“The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is the single biggest fundraising event in South West Wales and provides a fantastic opportunity for charities to raise funds for their prospective causes. We are very proud that Maggie’s have chosen to continue their charity partnership with us. Having seen the cancer centre first-hand it really is a wonderful facility for visitors. But it’s not just about the building, the service Maggie’s provides for cancer patients and their families is fantastic.”
The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then, Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 21 Centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK and abroad.
The service at Maggie’s includes free practical advice, and emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are ideally placed, with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need. The Centres are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people; places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.
Leanne Jennett; Centre Fundraising Organiser said:
“As a registered charity, Maggie’s relies solely on the generosity of their supporters, through fundraising and donations to help keep the centre open for visitors. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a big event for us to be involved with which brings in essential funds to the centre. We have spaces available where runners can register for FREE if they pledge to raise money for Maggie’s. All #TeamMaggies runners will get a FREE Maggie’s running vest, as well as fundraising tips & tricks and training support leading up to the event.”
If you haven’t signed up to #RunSwansea yet don’t worry as there is still plenty of time. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 23rd June starting at the Brangwyn Hall, taking runners through the city on closed roads along Swansea Bay to Mumbles, returning to finish at Swansea Museum.
Volunteers from Maggie’s will also be supporting runners at the event with cheers of encouragement along the route, and to greet you at the race village near the finish line for refreshments in their very own marquee.
The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a road race that is flat, fast on a course that is perfect for beginners, and first-time half marathon runners. Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further race details or find out how you can join #TeamMaggies and raise vital funds for their centre in Swansea.