Bembridge resident and GKN Aerospace employee Peter Swallow is planning to trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro early next year to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. He will start at 1,800m and climb to 5,896m, walking through tropical rainforest and moorland to reach a summit of glaciers and permanent ice cap.
All the funds raised by Peter will be used to support The Macmillan Appeal on the Isle of Wight which aims to raise £140,000 to put into place two cancer nurse specialists. Both posts will be based at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport and will offer people living with cancer on the Isle of Wight vital medical advice and emotional support.
Peter comments: "Macmillan Cancer Support is a tremendous charity; as they care for the whole person, not just the disease. They take into account not just the medical needs of people affected by cancer but the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have. They are there for people from the moment they suspect they have cancer, as well as offering support to the families of those affected."
In the UK one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime and over a million people are currently living with cancer. Macmillan is a UK charity that provides the expert care and practical and emotional support which is changing the lives of people living with cancer today.
Peter has already raised over £5000 in promised support for his walk from local businesses, organisations such as the Scouts and the Lions Club, from individuals living across the island and from his colleagues at GKN Aerospace.
Peter's local Farm Shop in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight has not only sponsored him, but is also donating monies raised from its delivery service as well as asking it's customers to sponsor him. Local aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman, where Peter's father worked, is also a sponsor.
During the GKN Aerospace annual Company Firework Night, held during Cowes week, Peter's colleagues raised £565.90, a sum which the Company has matched to add £1131.80 to the funds he has raised.
In addition, at the Farnborough International Airshow in July this year, Peter's colleagues from around the world raised £1300 which is being donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support’s national campaign activity, which supports their activities around the country.
"The support of local people and of many organisations so far has been incredible", comments Peter, but he stresses "I am determined to do as much as I possibly can to help fund Macmillan, both nationally and our local nurses who will support so many of us and touch our lives in such a positive way. I would love to hear from more people and organisations who want to offer their support - the more the better. Please do get in touch."
The Mount Kilimanjaro Hiking Challenge runs from 19-28 January 2007. Anyone interested in sponsoring Peter can do so at The Farm Shop in Bembridge, via www.justgiving.com/peterswallow, or by calling 01983 874859