P&O CRUISES is celebrating raising £2 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The money was collected during five years of fundraising by guests and crew.

It was also helped by staff working at Carnival House in Southampton, the headquarters of P&O Cruises.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that thanks to the hard work of our shore staff, crew and the overwhelming support and generosity of our guests we have raised a phenomenal £2,000,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

"It is a charity which gives practical and emotional support to so many at a time they need it most and we are enormously grateful to everyone involved.”

Nicola Keith from Macmillan said, “We cannot thank staff and guests and P&O Cruises enough for raising such a staggering sum of money over the last five years.

"It will make a huge difference to our work, helping everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can.

"The £2 million will go a long way to providing physical, financial and emotional support.”

The cheque presentation marks the end of a five year charity partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.

P&O Cruises is continuing to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust which gives specialised nursing care and support to young people diagnosed with cancer.

The charity builds dedicated units in hospitals which provide a "home from home" environment. It also funds specialist nurses and youth support teams who are experts in teenage and young adult cancer.