#Walk50 2017 raises over £35,000

Once again more than 80 walkers took to the streets of London to walk 50km last Friday night – 9th June .

104_40100_1500Now in it’s third year, the walkers marched the 50km route around London, through the night, along with Jonathan Dimbleby to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care.  Starting at St Thomas’ Hospital in Southwark the walk’s route took them out as far west as Hammersmith before heading back through central London taking in famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, The Mall, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, and as far east as Greenwich, passing through the iconic foot tunnel beneath the Thames. Walkers finished at Guy’s Hospital, in the charity’s new support centre at Guy’s Cancer Centre where they were met by a team of volunteers including those offering reflexology and reiki massage to their tired feet and limbs!

 

Chair of the charity, broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby said: “This was my third 50k walk and especially enjoyable this time – no blisters, and my wife Jessica, and my daughter Kitty joined us all as well.

 

188_40142_1500It was great to see so many people share in the delight of walking through London by night. No city is more spectacular especially in good weather. The commitment and camaraderie of everyone – including the small army of volunteers who gave up their time to help run the event – was wonderful to witness. .

 

“We are very grateful to everyone who has taken part and helped us raise nearly £200,000 towards funding our work with those living with cancer, their families and their carers. The demand is ever-growing. For this reason we’ll be out again this time next year. I hope you’ll support us once more.”

 

274_40186_1500The walkers were supported by a 20 strong team of volunteers who helped out at various pit stops along the route that took in many of the city’s famous landmarks.

 

Robin Pritchard, Director of the charity, also took part for the third year in a row: “This year’s event was the most enjoyable by far. The weather was on our side and there was a great feeling of togetherness from everyone involved. It really is a unique event and I can’t thank everyone enough – from the other walkers in my team, to the volunteers, to the guys offering free massages to my weary feet at the finish line. The walk is a great event, bringing together people from all over the place who have all been touched by cancer in some way. It’s very special.”

Registration for next year’s event will open in the next few weeks.

To see all the photographs from the Start and Finish lines, click here.

To donate to the fundraising total you can text CARE005 to 70970 to donate £5.

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