Make Christmas a ‘racy’ one for Macmillan in Doncaster

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Rising figures of people in Doncaster affected by cancer have led to a fundraising Christmas event being organised at the town’s racecourse.

Today 10,186 people are living with or beyond cancer in Doncaster and by 2030, this figure is set to rise to 18,700.

In an attempt to raise vital funds to give these people the support they need a special VIP charity luncheon is being held on Saturdat December 14.

Macmillan Cancer Support has teamed up with Doncaster Racecourse to hold the first ever Macmillan Doncaster Raceday. The event includes a special thee-course fundraising luncheon with complimentary glass of wine in the Royal Box, a charity auction, raffle and other fundraising on the day.

As well as fabulous hospitality, guests will be treated to a private bar, tote and balcony overlooking the winning line and winners enclosure. They will hear about some of Macmillan’s exciting new projects in Doncaster and be able to visit the Macmillan information bus which will be at the racecourse during the day.

Amy Hebdon, Macmillan fundraising manager for Doncaster said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local companies to entertain customers, thank suppliers or reward colleagues, whilst also giving something back at a time when we traditionally think of family, friends and loved ones. Or if you have a very personal reason for supporting Macmillan, then why not come along on the day and enjoy the party. It’s certainly a Christmas celebration with a twist and you won’t get a better view of the racing action on the day.”

The event is part of the BetVictor National Hunt Christmas Raceday, a seven jump festive spectacular including two Macmillan branded races.

Proceeds from the event will help fund over £500,000 of new investment by Macmillan in Doncaster. The charity is working with Doncaster health and social services and voluntary organisations on a £550,000 initiative to help cancer survivors return to a normal, healthy life.

The project will involve bringing together those who commission and provide cancer services, voluntary organisations and people affected by cancer to identify gaps in support and develop appropriate services to fill these gaps.

Tom Noel, Macmillan Services Development Manager for Doncaster, said, “We are drawing on the experiences of local people affected by cancer to improve support for cancer survivors and tackle these issues around lack of support post treatment. Today 10,186 people are living with or beyond cancer in Doncaster and by 2030, this figure is set to rise to 18,700. We have to act now to ensure that these people get the support they need, whether it’s help getting back into work or advice on lifestyle choices to help that person stay fit and healthy. This project is key to making sure no one has to face a practical, financial or emotional problem caused by cancer alone.”

Tickets for the exclusive private Macmillan VIP Luncheon in the Royal Box are £100 each and are available from Amy Hebdon on 07809 554965 or email: ahebdon@macmillan.org.uk