A local leisure operator is supporting a national charity to achieve its ambition of being ‘right there with everyone affected by cancer’.
Everyone Active has started a new two-year partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. It has pledged to raise £140,000 for the charity during this time, which would be enough to fund two Macmillan professionals for the whole year, enabling them to provide support to more than 500 patients.
The partnership officially launched last Thursday (1 August). To mark the occasion, Everyone Active’s five leisure facilities in Plymouth swapped their traditional red, white and black brand colours in favour of Macmillan’s green to raise funds and awareness for the charity.
Colleagues at the Plymouth Life Centre, Brickfields Sports Centre, Plympton Swimming Pool, Tinside Lido and Mount Wise Swimming Pool, which are all managed on behalf of Plymouth City Council, donned green clothes, wigs and face paint in honour Macmillan. Players from Plymouth Argyle also visited the Life Centre to donate home game tickets and signed merchandise for customers to win as part of a charity competition.
Everyone Active aims to support the causes that impact its colleagues and customers, which is why it has chosen to team up with Macmillan Cancer Support.
Macmillan predicts that out of Plymouth’s 269.20k population, there are 9,068 people currently living with cancer, with an average of 968 people sadly dying from the disease every year. The charity currently funds eight Macmillan professionals across the city and last year it supported 150 callers from Plymouth through its Macmillan Service Support Line.
The £140,000 raised through Everyone Active could be used to fund essential staffing hours and further training for Macmillan’s professional across the country, helping them to provide better advice and support to people with cancer. It could also be put towards keeping the Service Support Line open for longer.
Everyone Active’s centres in Plymouth will be hosting a number of fundraising activities over the next two years to ensure they reach the fundraising goal.
“Macmillan provide invaluable support for people living with and affected by cancer. We’re pleased to support Everyone Active in raising awareness and funds for this very worthy cause through our centres, while also encouraging people to try new ways of staying active and healthy.”