Why I’m walking 50km for Dimbleby Cancer Care

Yasamine Davami28 year old Yasamine Davami from Shoreditch is taking to the streets of London this summer to raise money for a cancer support charity in memory of her uncle who she lost earlier this year.

Yasamine will be joining broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby and a host of other walkers for 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. Yasamine’s cousin Mersedeh will also be walking with her.

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.

Yasamine said: “My uncle Fari, Mersedeh’s dad, passed away earlier this year from cancer as well as a very close family friend last year from cancer too. Both people had such a positive impact on my life and will be very sorely missed.

“I work for a company called The People’s Operator and Dimbleby Cancer Care is one of our charity partners who our customers can choose to donate 10% of their monthly phone bill to.  When I read about their work I knew that my uncle and family friend would have greatly benefitted from their services if they had known about them so I wanted to do something to support others going through a similar situation.

“So far I have raised £377 but I am hoping to raise £1,000. As well as asking my friends and colleagues to sponsor me I am also planning on undertaking other fundraising activities in the lead up to the event, such as an office bake sale.”

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’ hospital and finishes at Guy’s hospital, the two hospitals where the charity provides its services.

Robin Pritchard, Director at Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “The fact is that now 1 in 2 of us will be affected by cancer during our lifetime. The support we can help provide for people with cancer and their families during treatment can make the world of difference. All the money raised from the event will go towards the charity’s ‘Care for the Future’ appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 by the end of 2016 so that we can continue and expand our work within the cancer community – cancer care services often rely on charity funding so it’s vital that we have the support of our fantastic fundraisers.

To support Yasamine please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Yasamine-Davami/

 

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