Gordon MP Richard Thomson took a break from political battles last week to take part in a more light-hearted contest to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 35th annual Macmillan Tug-O-War saw MPs battle it out against Peers from the House of Lords last week in the grounds of Westminster Abbey. Sponsored by Banham Charitable Foundation, the event was hosted by sports broadcaster, Mark Pougatch and raised £130,000 and counting for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Richard Thomson’s team, Green Benches, won against a team from the House of Lords in a fiercely fought match.
The Parliamentary matches were keenly watched by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP and Lords Speaker, Lord McFall.
Gemma Peters, CEO of Macmillan Cancer Support welcomed guests to the event and announced the launch of a new campaign for the charity.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
"I was delighted to take part in the Macmillan Tug-O-War event. Macmillan do amazing work supporting people living with cancer, making a real difference to so many lives.
"The tug-o-war is a great opportunity for politicians to pull together for a common cause."
Gemma Peters, CEO, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“The Macmillan Tug-O-War is a fun and unique event with a serious message.
“People living with cancer are facing among the worst cancer waiting times on record and these delays are risking lives. This isn’t good enough. We’re determined to do whatever it takes to make sure everyone gets the cancer care they need, when they need it. That’s why later this month Macmillan Cancer Support will be launching a campaign - What Are We Waiting For? - calling on decision makers across the UK to take action to reduce waiting times.
“I’d like to thank all our generous Tug-O-War donors and sponsors. Thanks to the incredible £130,000 raised this year, Macmillan can continue doing whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.”
To take part in a Macmillan fundraising event this summer, visit: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/fundraise
For cancer support and advice, call the Macmillan Support Line free on: 0808 808 00 00 (8am – 8pm, 7 days a week).
Note: Photograph attached shows Richard Thomson MP (left) with other members of the Parliamentary Tug-O-War team.