12 months of mountains challenge to raise funds for Maggie’s Wirral

Dan Marsden and Sean Hayes have both been completing charity challenges for the last five years, raising thousands of pounds for charities.

This year Dan and Sean have rounded up a team of friends, family, and colleagues who will be completing 12 mountains in 12 months for Maggie’s Wirral, a local cancer centre supporting people affected by cancer in Merseyside and Cheshire.

Mountains include; Ben Nevis – Scotland, Sleive Donard – Northern Ireland, Pen Y Ghent – Yorkshire and the amazing Mount Olympus – Greece. The team will be completing a different mountain every month of the year.

Dan said, ‘’There are many great charities that aim to help patients navigate their battle through cancer, but Maggie’s just feels different and personal. After visiting the Wirral centre this was more apparent, the architecture and the atmosphere could not be further removed from the clinical setting of oncology and really does feel like a safe haven with tremendous love and support.’’

The local gym Dan attends, EmpoweredFit, took part in the Born Survivor Challenge last year raising over £3.5k for Maggie’s, from this, Dan learnt more about Maggie’s – he loved the ethos, nature and the personal story of Maggie’s Centres.

Dan said, ‘’Unfortunately we have had friends over the past few years, especially during Covid, who have sadly succumbed to cancer. We love and miss them dearly and we continue to know people who still have family fighting.

“Our friend’s dad is currently going through treatment for a second time. A dear friend of my own has had her cancer return and I am just so appreciative we have a special place like Maggie’s they can turn to. Therefore, we are honoured to support and raise vital funds for Maggie’s this year.”

Through Dan’s incredible commitment to raising funds for charities, his workplace, Amazon, named him as one of the Amazon Stars for 2023 in recognition of his work raising money for various charities, including baby loss charity Tommy’s, which conducts research into miscarriage and prevention.

Dan received one of the top prizes from this campaign, a personalised Dream Box worth £1,500.

Maggie’s Wirral puts people with cancer at the heart of everything they do and believes that everyone should have access to professional, psychological and emotional support, to help life feel more manageable for people affected by cancer.

Maggie’s helps people take back control when cancer turns life upside down, with support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries. The centres’ professional teams provide help and information and run groups and activities, all designed to make coping with cancer easier.

Centre Head Kathy Wright said, ‘’We are extremely grateful to Dan, Sean and the amazing team behind them for their incredible support and for helping to keep our doors open for people who need us now more than ever.

“We have thousands of visits every year and our team of qualified professionals deliver an evidence-based programme of support, which has shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.’’

Maggie’s Wirral supports people from Wirral, Merseyside, Cheshire, and North Wales, from their building in the grounds of Clatterbridge Hospital. A warm and welcoming place acting as safe haven and providing an alternative to the hospital environment.

Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations and events. If you would like to support Dan, Sean and the team, you can visit their online giving page – https://www.justgiving.com/page/12-months-of-mountains

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