The inaugural Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival 2019 has today announced that Maggie’s Cheltenham will be its charity partner for 2019.

This September will see the launch of the first ever Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival, a week-long celebration of well-being from the 9th – 15th September 2019, packed full of talks, workshops and events focusing on all areas of wellbeing, which aims to help local people across the Cotswolds, live life well. Through this partnership, the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival hopes to raise funds, awareness and support Maggie’s locally, and across the county.

The Festival will see a dedicated Maggie’s Day on Wednesday 11th September, which will see two dedicated talks aimed to provide information and support to those living with Cancer.

The first on Wednesday 11th from 16.00hr – 17.00hr entitled; ‘Live Life Well with Cancer’, will focus on how to live life and not lose the joy of living in fear of dying. This very special talk brings together a host of experts from across the industry to share their advice on living with cancer, whilst giving you practical tips and advice to help you find balance, stay focused and gain perspective.

The second on Wednesday 11th from 17.00hr – 18.00hrs ‘Cancer Made Me Do It’, will see BBC Radio five Live's 'You Me and the Big C' hosts Lauren Mahon and Deborah James, share their experience on living with cancer. How their diagnosis has made this inspiring pair live fuller lives, whilst creating a platform that now inspires millions suffering with cancer every day. The talk includes the incredible book ‘Recipes to Remember’, created by Maggies and local businesses Cullpepper and Shadow Play, with £15 from each ticket sold will be donated to Maggie’s.

This event will also raise awareness of other local businesses and groups who provide much needed help and support to those livibg with cancer as well as their families and friends including Hope for Tomorrow, Earls & Co and their carer treatments, Simon Smith and their Tricology services for hair loss, Nailed and Utopia and their permanent make-up and skin treatments among many others.

The Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival will also provide an optional donation mechanism on tickets for the public to donate at point of purchase, as well as fundraising at all key events. The festival is also hosting a ‘Cheltenham Moves’ fundraiser in aid of Maggie’s on Sunday 15th September 219, which will see a morning of outdoor family activities for people to come and enjoy whilst raising awareness for the charity and much needed funds.

This charity day coincides with the annual Pedal For Maggie’s event, a family and friends cycling event around the beautiful Cotswolds. Starting and finishing at Maggie’s Cheltenham, the pedal challenge will take you 15, 40, 60 miles before weaving back to Maggie’s for some well-earned tea, cake and celebrations. The Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival will be supporting the Pedal challenge and promoting it via its channels as part of the festival.

Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival organisers said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Maggie’s Cheltenham in 2019. Maggie’s offers such incredible support for those individuals and families suffering with cancer, and as a charity close tour hearts, we are really pleased to be able to support the team in all that they do to provide support doe our community.”

The Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival is being organised by a collective of local event professionals, wellness experts and local businesses passionate about raising awareness of the whole spectrum of wellbeing, with the aim of having a positive impact on the local and business community.

The Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival founders believe that wellbeing should be accessible to all. The team are passionate about making a difference and individually believe that wellbeing is about community, people and the environment in which we live. We want to give back and in doing so, support local charities and causes to make a change.

Through the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival we will seek to support other charities and groups through its events, to highlight the great work being done by so many social enterprises and charities across the county and UK, to offer support in health and wellbeing which includes:

· The campaign to End Loneliness and the Be More Us Campaign

· The Nelson Trust: Recovery & Addiction and complex needs that come with it.

· The Barnwood Trust: Creating access and events specifically for those suffering with disability and mental health issues

· Mind: Working with local team to highlight mental health concerns

· Blurt & Chasing The Stigma: Mental health awareness charities

· Age UK: Supporting them with their local campaign on later life care

· No Child Left Behind: Supporting local initiative to support children

· I am Me: A new campaign to support the youth generation on self-identity

· Life’s a Beach: Sustainability campaign run locally to reduce plastic waste

· Active Gloucestershire & Gloucester Moves: all ages

Among others….

This year’s festival has the support of a host of local businesses and brands including; Cheltenham BID, SLG, Pulsin, Francis & Co, Stuart Holmes, Yellow Kite Publishing among others, with full details of all partners to be announced soon.

The full Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival 2019 line-up of speakers, schedule of events and active pass classes will be announced on in June 2019. Early bird tickets will go on sale from 17th June 2019.

Tickets to the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival will vary across each area of the event, with some tickets individually priced. There will also be a range of FREE events open to the public so everyone can get involved in across the week.

To become a partner or get involved in the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival, please contact the team on the details below.

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