Viscose walks with Maggies

’It was a fantastic walk, I am incredibly proud of my girls for covering the distance’’ Steven Hughes and his daughters Rebecca, Charlotte, Jessica, Isabelle and friend Kadie Regan

The sun shines brightly, the team lines up, surrounded by a sea of bright orange t-shirts.  Passers-by narrow their eyes to a squint, dazzled by the brightness… Swansea is ready, and Mumbles is waiting. Nobody will miss this lot…

4 year old Elliot is ready with his scooter, and 1 year old Lexie makes herself comfortable in her pushchair. The adults grab their last sip of coffee and take a last photo with The Wave’s photo booth.

On the 2nd September 2017 over 30 staff members of Viscose and their families joined almost 200 walkers to participate in the Swansea to Mumbles Maggie’s Walk, giving up their afternoon to support a great cause.

The walk covered 7 miles in total, beginning at the Maggie’s Centre in Swansea, reaching Verdie’s, Mumbles, and returning to the Maggie’s Centre.

Maggie’s is located in the grounds of NHS hospitals all over the UK, supporting the cancer treatment provided by hospitals. The centre is described by visitors as a safe haven, offering enablement to fighters, empowering them in all areas of their life which are affected by cancer above and beyond that of medical ailment. All is provided to patients both undergoing treatment and in remission for free, made only possible through fundraising and donations…

The warm up was surprisingly energetic, as Huw Edwards of Penyrheol Leisure Centre had the crowd partnering up to stretch their quadriceps in an elaborate fashion. Once limbered up, the walkers were certainly in the best of spirits to walk their socks off…

The atmosphere was vibrant and energetic. Dog’s wore orange scarfs, passers-by waved, and St Johns Ambulance and the RAF Air Cadets offered unlimited cheers and claps for the walkers.

The walk was a fantastic opportunity for Viscose staff members to meet each-others families, and enjoy the ideal surrounding in a healthy way!

In total the team raised £1800, which includes £1 for £1 sponsorship contributed directly by the company Viscose. CEO, Jackie, could not be more pleased…

‘’The turnout was fantastic, and we are just so proud that so many of our staff members would give up their Saturday afternoon for a cause so much bigger then themselves. It really shows the ethos that we embrace at this company’’

CEO Jackie Royall who completed the walk with her husband Andrew Staniforth.

Once complete, Maggie’s greeted walkers back to the centre with cupcakes and drinks. The sun remained bright in the sky so children sat on the grass eating their goodies…. ( adults lay on the grass, getting up only after some persuasion by their children). Matthew Swain of Viscose, the very first walker to cross the finish line with a time of 2 hours and 5 minutes reflected on the meaning of the walk as he enjoyed his well-deserved cupcake…

‘’Cancer has become part of everybody’s vocabulary in the last 10 years plus; if you were to strike up a conversation with a random person, they would likely tell you that they know a friend or family member who has faced cancer in their lifetime. Raising money for those affected means a lot to me.

…yes I had an inkling I was going to be the first as I approached the last couple of bends in the walk. Of course I was chuffed to win, even though it wasn’t a race…!’’

Matthew Swain of Viscose

Maggies Swansea hopes to raise over £10,000 from the walk to help support the centre, the cancer sufferers and their families in our local area. Viscose is honored to be a part of this.

The event was graced with the presence of local radio station The Wave

It’s warm up time…! Huw Edwards of Penyrheol Leisure Centre prepares the athletes, with some very amusing (and knee jerking) moves…!

Jessica Rose Hughes excited for the walk…

St Johns Ambulance members show fantastic support on the day…

‘’It was a great challenge! The highlight of the afternoon was that little cute dog that finished it faster than I did!’’ Kitti Kovacs, with colleague Matthew Swain

Young Elliott sets the pace on his Sonic the Hedgehog scooter…!

200 walkers set off on their 7 mile voyage…

Tanya Wigley (Left), Sarah Taylor (Far Right) and family at 2 miles…

Mile 3… Andrew Anderson and his family consider which flavour ice-cream they will have when they get to Mumbles…

Tanya Wigley of Viscose with Maggie’s Centre Fundraising Manager Lucia Osmond and Maggie’s staff member

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