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Martin Palmer, is set to take on the challenge of Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2023 in support of Swindon based charitable organisation Aurora Breast Cancer Wellness.
In Wiltshire alone, approximately 400 women receive a breast cancer diagnosis each year with around 20% of those being premenopausal and these have social circumstances which are different to those who are older and often require additional support in respect of their relationships, emotional well-being, fertility, career or dealing with young children whilst undergoing what is often gruelling treatment.
“I was given the opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro and generously my employer Imagine Cruising, who are also one of the main club sponsors here at Swindon Supermarine, offered to fully fund the cost of the expedition and equipment,“ Martin told swindonsupermarinefc.com.
“This offer has enabled me to try and raise some much-needed funds for charity and Aurora is particularly personal to me, as a member of my family is currently going through treatment with them.“
Aurora was founded in 2015 by breast surgeon Anushka Chaudhry and Specialist Care Nurse Charayne Harding, who found increasingly that there was a huge gap in the provision of local support services for younger women diagnosed with breast cancer.
They would often witness young women feeling isolated and find it difficult to undergo hospital treatment with a young family, or full-time employment and more so, to cope with moving forward once treatment was complete.
Aurora aims to provide services to help in this area – to provide bespoke seminars to help deal with these issues, to give access to holistic therapies and counselling and importantly, to build a network of amazing women who can relate to and support each other through a very difficult time in their lives.
By providing these services alongside conventional medical treatments, Aurora’s aims are to support, nurture and repair those young women who are going through breast cancer and beyond.
“Money is always critical to help fund the vital work that charities provide, and Aurora is no exception, but having recently come out of lockdown, raising funds has never been more important than it is at the moment,“ Martin continued.
“It’s even more so for the lesser-known organisations such as Aurora which have been affected to an even greater degree, so to have the opportunity to help and give something back, is truly humbling.“