High Point Holidays has decided to support Myeloma UK, the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with myeloma. Myeloma or Multiple Myeloma is an incurable form of blood cell cancer that affects the bone marrow. 4,000 people are diagnosed annually with the disease in the UK.
Registered as a charity in 1997, Myeloma UK offers a broad and innovative range of services covering every aspect of myeloma, from information and support to improving standards of treatment and care through education, research, campaigning and raising awareness.
Myeloma UK is a cause which is dear to us following the initial diagnosis of High Point Holiday's founder Tony Armstrong in 1996. A keen hill walker, Tony credits his quick recovery to regular walking – he scaled the 15 peaks in Wales in a single weekend to raise money for charity. He was diagnosed a second time in early 2009 and following a stem cell transport is on his way back to health.
High Point Holidays will look to support Myeloma UK in a number of ways over the coming years. In 2009, we gave a small sum of money raised from each holidaymaker to the charity. We also supported the Myeloma UK 2009 raffle by offering the first prize of a walking holiday for one.
We have created a t-shirt which promotes our support of Myeloma UK. These are free to anyone who books a walking or cycling holiday with us, although any donations to Myeloma UK are very welcome.
We are looking into the idea of creating a specific fund raising trekking or walking holiday to raise money for Myeloma UK. So watch this space.
Here are some tips if you are considering doing your own charity walk: Walking for Charity
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