December 1, 2020

Headline sponsor Swansea Building Society completes Gower Macmarathon

Swansea Building Society joined hundreds of walkers at the recent Gower Macmarathon event to show its continued support for Macmillan Cancer Support and help raise money for the charity’s specialist cancer services.

Led by Swansea Building Society’s Chief Executive, Alun Williams, a team from the Society completed the 22nd instalment of the Gower Macmarathon on Saturday 14 September, which saw walkers enjoying Gower’s picturesque coastline on a route from Rhossili to Mumbles Cricket Club.

Swansea Building Society has been the headline sponsor of the popular event since 2015, with its team of walkers joining over 1000 others in completing the 22-mile Gower walk to raise funds for Macmillan.

Over the past five years, the Gower Macmarathon has raised over £720,000, and over the past 22 years, the event has generated £2 million. In addition to the support the Society provides to the Gower Macmarathon, it also donates a pound to the charity for every vote it gets at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which this year was £1,700.

Walkers who took part in the 2019 event also had the option to complete a 14 mile walk from Port Eynon to Mumbles Cricket Club.

Alun Williams, Chief Executive of Swansea Building Society, said:

“The Gower Macmarathon is always a fantastic event to participate in and it was wonderful to once again have a team from the Society join in with those in the community to support this incredibly important cause. This year marks our fifth consecutive year as headline sponsors of the event, which shows our dedication to an occasion that enjoys the beauty of Gower, whilst raising funds for the crucial work that MacMillan does to provide care and support to those impacted by cancer.

“We thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Macmarathon and would like to thank all those who joined us at the event to support this greatly admired charity.”

Sue Reece, South West Wales fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, added:

“It has been fantastic to have the support of Swansea Building Society for the Gower Macmarathon again this year. As a charity, Macmillan Cancer Support rely on donations to provide the physical, financial and emotional support to help people affected by cancer live life as fully as they can.

“An event like the Macmarathon helps not just with fundraising but also to raise our profile in the local area, in turn those who take part get to enjoy stunning scenery and the great camaraderie between all of those walking to support Macmillan.”