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P&O Cruises raises a staggering £600,000 for Macmillan


Thanks to the support of guests and crew, P&O Cruises has raised a record amount for charity partner Macmillan

Gerard Tempest, Chief Commercial Officer at P&O Cruises

Gerard Tempest, Chief Commercial Officer at P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises is celebrating raising more than £600,000 for leading charity Macmillan Cancer Support. Such an outstanding achievement is thanks to the incredible generosity of crew and guests, and the money raised will fund local Macmillan projects.

Fundraising activities over the past two years have included the Isle of Wight Challenge and Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, featuring a bake-off led by celebrity chef Eric Lanlard. Meanwhile, smaller events such as on-board coffee mornings and fitness challenges have also helped to boost the total.

The new Macmillan Healing Garden at Southampton General Hospital is one of the first projects to benefit from the funds raised. When complete, this special area will offer a tranquil haven where people affected by cancer can enjoy some peace and quiet with their families during treatment.

‘I’d like to say a huge well done to everyone at P&O Cruises for reaching this total, and a heartfelt thank you to all the guests who took time on their holidays to get involved with fundraising, too,’ says Simon Phillips, Director of Fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support. ‘At Macmillan, we believe that no one should face cancer alone and, thanks to our partnership with P&O Cruises, we can fund more services that help us to support people affected by cancer when they need it most.’

Gerard Tempest, Chief Commercial Officer at P&O Cruises, is also impressed by the achievement: ‘I’m immensely proud of everyone here at P&O Cruises,’ he says. ‘Many of our colleagues who have taken on challenges for Macmillan have themselves been supported by the charity during a cancer experience, and it’s this personal understanding of the difference they can make that has driven us to such fundraising heights. I’m also delighted to know that the money we’ve raised will contribute to services right here in our local community, which is a truly fantastic legacy for everyone involved.’

2015 is set to be another busy year for the partnership, with the official opening of the Macmillan Healing Garden and the 25th birthday of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in September.

If you’ve been inspired by P&O Cruises fundraising efforts, visit to find out how you can support Macmillan.

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