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Martin seeks to conquer Kilimanjaro

Lifelong Swindon fan raising money for breast cancer charity…

16 November 2022

Club News

Martin seeks to conquer Kilimanjaro

Lifelong Swindon fan raising money for breast cancer charity…

16 November 2022

A local Swindon man with a strong connection to the football club is embarking on one of the toughest physical and mental challenges of his life, all in aid of helping young women battle cancer across the county.

Martin Palmer, who works for Imagine Cruising - one our longest-serving club sponsors, will spend eight days in February next year climbing 5,896 metres above sea level to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

It won’t just be a personal feat of endurance and achievement when he reaches the top of the dormant volcano, but one that will benefit Swindon-based charity, Aurora Breast Cancer Wellbeing.

They provide vital counselling services and support to women with cancer under the age of 50 as well as their families, and make a real difference across Wiltshire.

Martin’s quest is being fully funded by Imagine Cruising as part of their One Life Ethos initiative, where they offer a select number of staff the chance to undertake a lifelong ambition each year.

Imagine Cruising have been associated with the football club for nine years, and were our main shirt sponsor from the 2014/15 campaign to the 2020/21 season.

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The football club has been supporting Martin’s fundraising efforts, providing help with his fitness preparations thanks to our coaches at our Community Foundation and reaching out to their many sponsors to get them onboard.

And as Martin explains, his fundraising target continues to go from strength to strength.

“Initially this was a challenge I’d set a cash donation target of £1,000 for, but after spreading the word and approaching some other local organisations, that was quickly eclipsed.

“In fact, in the first two weeks, we’d surpassed £6,000, so the focus now is to keep pushing and see how far we can go, and I’m reaching out to other club sponsors to keep our figure rising.

“The money will make a huge difference to young women suffering with cancer. Our NHS is fantastic and can provide the initial treatment, but their support can only go so far, which is where Aurora come in, and they do some incredible work that helps women in so many ways.

“The cause is also a personal one for me, with my sister-in-law diagnosed with breast cancer recently, so I want to do all I can to raise as much money as I can to help people like her.”

To make his trek up Kilimanjaro a little more bespoke, Martin, who turns 51 next month, will be carrying a Swindon Town flag all the way to the top – something we, and the mountain, has never seen before.

“To thank the football club for supporting me on this journey, I’ll be taking the Town flag with me all the way, where it will be displayed at the summit once I reach it.

“I’m a lifelong Swindon fan and the club has been fantastic in getting behind my fundraising effort, and I’m excited to undertake the climb, battle the elements and high altitude, and reach the top, taking the football club with me.”

If you’d like to support Martin with his challenge, you can donate via his Just Giving page here:

We’ll be following his progress in the new year with some regular updates.

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