Macmillan Cancer Support is the new partner for Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower and the tower was painted this week to mark the start of the relationship, which officially begins this month.

Macmillan’s logo can now be seen on the 170m structure which is one of the area’s biggest tourist attractions. Abseilers have been in action at the tower for the last week, painting the logo onto one of the Spinnaker’s legs. In addition to the leg painting, there is also Macmillan signage at the front of the building and inside the attraction.

The partnership is intended to raise awareness of the help available to people affected by cancer, particularly the important services Macmillan provides to the community in and around Portsmouth.

Macmillan’s collaboration with the Spinnaker Tower also presents an array of fundraising opportunities for the charity. Every visitor to the tower will be asked if they would like to donate a small sum to Macmillan alongside their ticket purchase. Other events planned include:

  • 40 charity abseils down the 170m structure
  • a Macmillan coffee morning in the clouds to mark Macmillan’s World’s Biggest coffee morning
  • An extra 10 places for people to run the Great South run in aid of Macmillan this year

Anthony Newman, Brand & Marketing Director for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Macmillan to raise awareness of the support available for people affected by cancer as well as enabling some incredible fundraising opportunities for us. The Spinnaker Tower is one of the most iconic structures in the south of England and we are delighted that Portsmouth City Council chose us to be the new presenting partner for the building.”

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council with responsibility for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development, said: “It is fantastic to be working with Macmillan Cancer Support at the Spinnaker Tower and there are lots of exciting fundraising plans for the year ahead.

“Working with a charity partner is a new approach that allows us to use this iconic landmark to collaborate with an organisation that provides real benefits to the people in our communities. We look forward to welcoming Macmillan’s volunteers, fundraisers and supporters to Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower over the coming months.”

Tony Sammut, General Manager at Spinnaker Tower, said: “We are hugely proud of our position as an iconic landmark in the heart of Portsmouth, and as such we are uniquely placed to support Macmillan in ways that will deliver real impact and benefit to the people of the city.

“We are excited to begin this partnership, and all of us at Spinnaker Tower are looking forward to helping Macmillan raise funds and awareness though visitor donations, events and more – watch this space!”

Last year over 166,000 people visited the Spinnaker Tower to enjoy awe-inspiring 23 mile views over Portsmouth, the Solent, the South Downs and the Isle of Wight. While at the tower, visitors can venture across the glass Sky Walk 100 metres above sea level, discover the stories behind the views and even have high tea in the clouds.

People who live in Portsmouth can save 25 per cent on standard all-day admission. To claim the residents’ discount, book online and bring two proofs of residency on arrival at the Spinnaker Tower – such as a photo ID with address, a valid Portsmouth Leisure Card or a utility bill with a name and address.

Visit www.spinnakertower.co.uk for full details and to book.

Sadly, the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year and that means Macmillan’s support for people living with cancer is in more demand than ever. Cancer can affect everything and Macmillan is here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can. For more information and support go to www.macmillan.org.uk.

The Macmillan Cancer Support Information Centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth (QAH) is open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm to help people with cancer in the Portsmouth area gets the help they need – be it financial, practical, emotional or psychological. Call 02392 283323 or email macmillancentre@porthosp.nhs.uk for more information.