Why I’m walking 50km for Dimbleby Cancer Care

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANeighbours from Dittisham in Devon are donning their walking boots this summer to take part in a 50km night walk in aid of the cancer care charity, Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Stella Stothart and Colette Charsley, who have named their team the ‘Dittisham Divas’,will be joining broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby and a host of other walkers to take part in Dimbleby Cancer Care’s 50/50/50 event on Friday 5 June – a 50km walk through London during the night that aims to raise £50,000.

Dimbleby Cancer Care was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. It gives practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers.

Both ladies live in the village where Richard Dimbleby and his family had a holiday home and where the family still has a strong presence. 

Stella said: “I got to know about the charity through working for Jonathan. I think the fact that the charity supports cancer sufferers with their carers and families through the illness and its daily challenges is a very positive and much underrated service.  Many cancer charities are looking for a cure but, whilst of vital importance in itself, this does not immediately benefit those already living with the disease in the way that Dimbleby Cancer Care can.

“On a personal note, my mother died of cancer in 1985 aged 63 after being ill for only three months. As her health deteriorated I know our family would have benefitted from a service such as this to support us and prepare us for what was to come. It would have made such a difference.”

Colette added: “I have not been touched by cancer so close to home but I strongly believe that – as the charity slogan says – ‘making life better’ for cancer sufferers and their friends and families is making a real difference.  My motivation for doing the walk is to support the charity which does such vital work and I am looking forward to taking part with my close friend, Stella.”

The pair have currently raised over £1,800.

The event is an endurance challenge in celebration of the charity founded in honour of Jonathan’s father, Richard, who died 50 years ago this year. Starting in the evening, the walk’s route takes in famous London landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf and Greenwich.  The event, which is sponsored by Leon, starts at St Thomas’ and finishes at Guy’s, the two hospitals where the charity provides its services.

Robin Pritchard, Director at Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “We are delighted to have Stella and Colette on board. This is a very special year for the charity and this event is a momentous one to mark 50 years of cancer care. We are fundraising now to ensure we can be providing support for another 50 years.”

All the money raised will go towards the charity’s ‘Care for the Future’ appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 by the end of 2016 so that it can continue and expand its work within the cancer community.

To support Stella and Colette please visit www.justgiving.com/Dittisham-divas

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