Malky Mackay took time out following Cardiff City's promotion to the Premier League earlier this week to visit Velindre Cancer Centre to help promote a new campaign called Victory over Cancer.
Malky was met by Velindre President Jonathan Davies, who took him on a tour of the Hospital, much to the delight of both patients and staff. Jonathan said: ”I know what a special place Velindre is, so it was great to be able to show Malky around, and for him to be able to see firsthand what great work is carried out here. The Victory over Cancer campaign will help raise the profile and ultimately even more money for Velindre, so we were really pleased to have Malky’s support”.
The campaign will be launched with a special Gala Dinner at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday 1 May, and will celebrate famous victories. Malky Mackay will be the guest of honour after leading Cardiff to the top flight for the first time in over 50 years, and Velindre Patron Sam Warburton will also be attending in recognition of Wales’s record victory over England on route to the 6 Nations Championship.
Speaking of the appeal, Malky said: “The Velindre Victory over Cancer campaign is one that we at Cardiff City are really pleased to support. Everyone knows someone affected by cancer and the terrific work carried out by the staff at Velindre is something we are proud to advocate.
"Cardiff City Football Club's management, players, staff and hopefully all our fans will get behind this appeal, and fully support anything that will help achieve Victory over Cancer.”
If you would like to be part of the celebrations, tickets are available for the Victory over Cancer Launch Gala Dinner at www.velindrefundraising.com/bookonline, or by ringing Velindre on 029 2031 6211.
Head of Fundraising at Velindre Andrew Morris said “We have been waiting to launch this appeal, and following Cardiff City’s superb achievements, this is the ideal time to launch our Victory over Cancer Campaign; the Gala Dinner gives the opportunity to celebrate some famous victories in an incredible sporting year in Wales. At Velindre we believe that every hour, every day, every month that someone survives cancer is a victory. We are proud to be launching this new campaign to highlight this positive message - Velindre Victory over Cancer.”
“Every pound that is raised will be used to help in our battle to achieve the ultimate goal. Every event, every function no matter how big or small, will be a celebration as anything that helps defy cancer will contribute towards our aim of Victory over Cancer.
"We know that facing up to, and dealing with cancer is one of the biggest challenges that anyone can face; it affects everyone – family, friends, work colleagues and ultimately how you live your life, we know it can be a very frightening time.
“At Velindre we strive to provide support to cancer patients and their families through this difficult period, and our specially trained and highly committed staff strive every day to make this time as comfortable as possible.”
Andrea Hague, Director of Velindre Cancer Centre added: “Patient Centred care is at the heart of everything we do and believe in here at Velindre Cancer Centre; all money raised from our Victory over Cancer campaign will be used to ensure the best possible support is offered to every patient, their families and carers dealing with cancer. It will allow us to fund ground breaking research, specialist equipment, and new developments so our staff have access to the most up to date training and techniques available.”
For further information on the Velindre Victory over Cancer campaign please visit: www.velindrefundraising.com/victoryovercancer