Thursday, 18 April 2024
Thursday, 18 April 2024

Charity launches first combined in-person and virtual walk

THE Banham Marsden March is set to return on 22 May 2022 and, for the first time, will offer both an in-person and virtual option to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

The March’s return is possible thanks to leading security providers Banham, who first sponsored the walk back in 2015. Banham have announced that they will be generously extending the partnership to 2025 as the title sponsor for both options.

The event raises more than £1.5 million every year and challenges people to walk the 15-mile route between The Royal Marsden’s two hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton or to join in for the final five miles.

The Banham Marsden March at Home was launched last year which, due to COVID restrictions, asked people to walk in their local area instead of the traditional route. This ‘at home’ option will continue into 2022, ensuring more people than ever will be able to take part. 

Antonia Dalmahoy, Managing Director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: 

“We’re so excited to be able to get together and recreate the fantastic atmosphere that The Banham Marsden March is famous for. It’s been a long wait and we’re looking forward to seeing all our fantastic supporters in person. We’re also pleased to invite people to walk from home once more, ensuring anyone anywhere can march in support of the charity.

“I’d like to say to thank you to the wonderful team at Banham who have enabled us to grow the March into something really special for patients, staff and supporters. Their support plays a vital role in enabling us to transform outcomes for cancer patients and we are so thrilled that we can continue this amazing partnership.”

Charles Hallatt, Executive Chairman at Banham, said:

“We are very proud to be confirmed as title sponsor of The Banham Marsden March for another three years. This event means so much to all of us at Banham and we are delighted to support the world-leading work of The Royal Marsden, which improves the lives of so many cancer patients.

“Our staff look forward to the March every year, as it provides a chance for us to come together with our family and friends to raise money for this important cause. We are particularly excited that more people across the country and beyond will be able to take part in the years ahead through The Banham Marsden March at Home, as well as having the chance to walk in-person again.”

Among those walking this year will be Laura Parker (51 from Leeds and now living in Dogliani, Piedmont) who was treated at The Royal Marsden for cervical cancer in 2008. Since the event started in 2011, Laura has taken part every single year.

Charity launches first combined in-person and virtual walk
Laura Parker and husband BMM finish line

Laura said:

“I was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 37 after experiencing irregular bleeding and backache. That was the bad luck. The good luck was that my treatment, which included a hysterectomy and chemoradiotherapy, was at The Royal Marsden. Nobody wants cancer, but there is no better place to be treated – the hospital is truly world-class.

“Ever since it launched, my husband and I have taken part in The Banham Marsden March. The first time was very emotional, as I was still recovering from treatment. When I crossed the finish line I felt truly elated and enormously grateful to all who had looked after me.

“We even took part last year from my new home in Northern Italy thanks to the new virtual option, which we will be doing this May too if we can’t get to the UK. It was great to be able to do the walk – despite the added hills – and know that others would be doing it back home.

“It is such an uplifting event and I’m so proud to take part each year and raise important funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, helping support the hospital’s fantastic research work and treatment.”

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