Tonia Antoniazzi, Member of Parliament for Gower, took part in the Macmillan Mighty Hike around Gower to raise funds for local cancer services.
The event, organised by Macmillan Cancer Support, saw hundreds of people participating in a marathon walk around Gower in support of people living with cancer and to raise money and awareness for Macmillan.
The marathon walk which started and finished in Penrice Castle sent participants through the UK's first Area of Outstanding National Beauty by following the world renowned coastline through Three Cliffs, Oxwich, Rhossili Bay and Worms Head.
Tonia Antoniazzi, who has previously held the position as the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer, was participating for the second year in a row and raised over £1100 for Macmillan.
Speaking after the event, Tonia Antoniazzi said “I am incredibly proud to have completed the Mighty Hike for Macmillan alongside my former rugby teammate Karen Samuel and my cousin David Boyce.
This isn’t the first time I’ve participated in the Mighty Hike but this year everything has hit home. A few months ago, we found out my Mother would need to undergo cancer treatment, and since then she’s been looked after by the phenomenal doctors, nurses and care staff at Macmillan and Maggies in Singleton. Anyone who has undergone cancer treatment or seen their friends or family go through it knows what a distressing time it can be but the support our family have had from Macmillan and Maggies has been second to none and they deserve recognition and support.
“In Wales, 1 in 2 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. It’s so important that you go to your cancer screenings and be vigilant to changes in your body because early detection is so important.
“If you’re worried about any symptoms you’re experiencing, speak to your GP immediately. Don’t wait, don’t think you’re a nag or an inconvenience, don’t take that risk because it could save your life!”
“Finally I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who generously donated to this worthy cause and extend my thanks to Macmillan, the walk organizers, stewards, and volunteers who dedicated their time to make the day a huge success and ensure we were kept safe along the route. Diolch!”