Experian to help boost Macmillan fundraising at first Express Eventing International Cup


News release

Natalie Hale
PR Executive, UK & Ireland
+44 (0) 115 992 2645 Tel
natalie.hale@uk.experian.com Email

Experian to help boost Macmillan fundraising at first Express Eventing International Cup

Nottingham, UK, 28 November 2008- On Sunday 30 November a team of volunteers from Experian will be helping raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Experian’s Charity of the Year, at the first Express Eventing International Cup at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.   

In June 2008, Experian announced that its UK employees had chosen Macmillan as its Charity of the Year.  Sunday’s fundraising drive in Cardiff is another example of how Experian’s volunteering scheme is helping to raise £100,000 for the national charity.

John Peace, Experian’s chairman and equestrian enthusiast, and former Australian international rider Stuart Buntine are behind the new competition, which has the aim of broadening the appeal of eventing and creating innovation within the sport.  The riders taking part in the Express Eventing International Cup include: Olympians Mary King and William Fox-Pitt and celebrities Jodie Kidd and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Guest judges on Sunday also include Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Arlene Phillips, one of the judges on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing show.

Experian’s volunteers will be taking part in various fundraising activities for Macmillan throughout the day.  With thousands attending the event, the proceeds from raffle ticket sales and radio headsets sold to spectators will go to Experian’s Charity of the Year. The money raised will help Macmillan to improve the lives of people affected by cancer across the UK, providing practical, emotional, medical and financial support.

John Peace commented: “Supporting charities, whether at a local or national level, sits at the heart of Experian’s business. We are tremendously proud to be involved with Macmillan, so it was only natural that we wanted to involve them in the International Cup.  I know our volunteers will do an excellent job on Sunday to help us towards our target of raising £100,000 for Macmillan.”

Macmillan Cancer Support’s Chief Executive, Ciarán Devane, said:  “We would like to thank John Peace and Experian for using the Express Eventing International Cup to help raise money for Macmillan.  The money raised by Experian’s volunteers will help us to continue supporting people affected by cancer by providing vital services including counselling centres, specialist Macmillan medical staff, and financial advisors.” 


For further press information please contact:
Rachel Bloodworth
, Macmillan, T: 07812 166 793 E: RBloodworth@macmillan.org.uk
James Russell, Experian, T: 07866 495 418 E: james.russell@uk.experian.com



About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. 2 million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.

For cancer information and support, contact the Macmillan CancerLine (Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 10.00pm) by freephone: 0808 808 2020, textphone: 0808 808 0121 or email: cancerline@macmillan.org.uk; or log on to www.macmillan.org.uk.