Staff at Gosport firm aim to raise £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support

TEAM EFFORT Members of the Aerial Direct team which participated in the Great South Run
TEAM EFFORT Members of the Aerial Direct team which participated in the Great South Run
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Gosport-based company Aerial Direct is aiming to raise £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Great South Run has played a large part in its fundraising, with 24 staff successfully completing the 10-mile challenge on Sunday.

Times ranged from a swift one hour, 20 minutes and 20 seconds through to two hours, 19 minutes, 22 seconds.

One of the staff even walked the whole way round – pregnant – in her determination to complete the course and raise money for Macmillan.

So far they have raised £6,500 and rising.

Many runners signed up for their own reasons including fitness and healthy lifestyle changes alongside the desire to raise money for a charity very close to their hearts.

Aerial Direct runner, Kristie Rees, took on the challenge because she feels strongly about the Macmillan cause.

She said: ‘I’m not just doing it for my own accomplishment, but a great cause. When Aerial Direct said they wanted to run for Macmillan I was all for it as my Nan was cared for at one of their hospices.

‘They offered so much support for my family.’

Fellow runner, Natalie Ward, also has personal experiences of Macmillan.

‘I signed up to the Great South Run because we chose to run for Macmillan,’ she said.

‘My dad passed away in March because he lost his battle with cancer. The help and support he received from a number of charities, including Macmillan, was amazing.’

Lisa Murphy, Macmillan Fundraising Manager for Hampshire, said: ‘We are so grateful to the team at Aerial Direct for all the fantastic events they have put on to date.

‘I have been amazed at all the effort and donations they have achieved.

‘The money raised by Aerial Direct will make a huge difference to people affected by cancer locally.’

Everyone at the Gosport site has got behind the fundraising effort.

You can donate at justgiving.com/AerialDirect2015.