Why I’m walking 50km for Dimbleby Cancer Care

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A fundraiser from Earlsfield will be hitting the streets of London this summer to raise money for the cancer support charity that he is director of, founded 50 years ago in honour of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby.

Robin Pritchard, 43, is taking on the challenge in a bid to raise funds for Dimbleby Cancer Care.  He will join broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby and a whole host of other fundraisers on Friday 5 June for ‘50/50/50’, a 50km walk through London during the night that aims to raise £50,000.

Inspired by the support he sees the charity provide every day through his role he said: ” Four years ago I started working for Dimbleby Cancer Care. I didn’t know much about cancer and hadn’t been personally affected by it at the time, but it was an interesting job and a chance to do something that made a difference, even if in a small way. Then in June 2012 my friend Caroline, aged 50, was rushed to hospital and the next day was diagnosed with cancer. It was in her lungs, her brain and her spine. Cancer was suddenly a reality for me. I was able to be there and do what I could to help her and her family. Seven weeks later she died. In that time my job suddenly became personal. Less than a year later my colleague at the charity, Georgie, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and also sadly passed away a year later.

“During my time at the charity I have met many fantastic people – patients, survivors, carers and those left behind. Inspiring people who are going through unimaginable pain and sorrow yet find a way through. And the nurses, support staff and therapists who provide help and comfort. Without the funding provided by charities like ours the support and care services that help make a massive difference to people living with cancer would not be available to those who need it most. I’m doing this for Caroline, and for Georgie, and to help ensure that we can carry on supporting people living with cancer into the future.”

Robin did the Great South Run for Dimbleby Cancer Care in 2011 and 2012 and is back in training for the 50km walk now.

“It’s been hard trying to fit everything in around work as we have been very busy with our project at the new cancer centre at Guys Hospital, but I have been doing some long walks up to Wimbledon Common with my dog. I’ve also got my brother, sister-in-law and cousin to sign-up so we are spurring each other on.”

Chair of the charity, Jonathan Dimbleby said: “I am extremely proud of everyone that fundraises for the charity but when it’s a member of our own team it just goes to show how dedicated they are to our cause and it goes beyond just being a job for them. Robin has been spending much of his spare time training for the walk and I am delighted that he will be joining me on the night.”

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 it can continue and expand its work within the cancer community.

To support Robin please visit https://www.justgiving.com/RP505050

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