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Escape to the country: Sunday marches for The Royal Marsden


At Sunday, we’re immensely proud to have worked with The Royal Marsden since 2010.

Over the years, we’ve witnessed the amazing things this world-leading cancer hospital does every day – from the nurses and doctors caring for patients to the researchers pioneering new life-saving treatments.

It’s incredibly humbling – and it’s why we take part in The Banham Marsden March, the annual fundraising walk in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, every year.

So, on a sunny Sunday this spring, 16 of us – plus two canine chums – descended on Henley-on-Thames for a sponsored stroll through the Chilterns, ably led by our local tour guide (and Sunday’s chief operating officer) Chris Lee.

The picturesque route took in along country lanes, woodland bridleways and nettle-fringed trails (note to self: maybe don’t wear shorts next time). Mischievous spaniels Ziggy and Pip had a whale of a time scampering through muddy puddles (ugh) and leaping into cattle troughs (double ugh) before gleefully showering the walkers with filthy water (eww). Thanks, pooches!

Then came quick detour via a local landmark, the Maharajah’s Well – it’s twice as deep as Nelson’s Column is tall, fact fans – before a delicious lunch at the family home of our benevolent leader Chris.

Following this much-needed pit stop, the team tackled the second leg with renewed purpose. Finally, after clocking up about six hours, 17 miles and a few blisters and aching limbs, they strode (or hobbled – take your pick) back into Henley, weary but proud.

We’d like to say a big Sunday “thank you” to all our sponsors. Every penny donated makes a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

We’ve already raised more than £5,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Please head to our fundraising page to donate and help us raise even more.

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