Why we’re walking 50km for Dimbleby Cancer Care

 UntitledA husband and wife duo from Weston, Bath are donning their walking boots this summer to take part in a 50km night walk in aid of cancer care charity, Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Chris and Lisa Pritchard from Bathwill 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.

Chris and Lisa, who run Bath roofing company Chris Pritchard Roofing Ltd, will be joined at the event with two other members of their family, their cousin Barry and Chris’s brother, Robin, who is the director of the charity.

Lisa said: “We were invited to take part by Robin, Chris’s brother, and having heard all about the great work the charity does from him over the last few years we were instantly keen to get involved.  Our family has been affected by cancer in a number of ways – I lost my grandmother to ovarian cancer in 2006, my Aunty successfully fought off breast cancer in 2013 and only last year my dad was taken seriously ill with a tumour on his pancreas – fortunately after a major operation to remove part of his pancreas and his spleen, it was found to be benign.  We also have numerous friends who have lost significant people in their lives because of the disease.  We are very aware that cancer can touch anyone of us so wanted to raise money for this wonderful charity – and are aiming to reach our goal of £1,000.

“I recently lost over 2.5 stone through my local Slimming World Club in Weston so this is also very much a personal challenge.  I am hoping that training for and participating in the 50/50/50 will help me achieve my final weight loss target. It’s not long now until the big day so we are putting all our efforts into training and are looking forward to June.”

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 and former Culverhay pupil added: “It’s great to have Chris and Lisa taking part. The charity is all about family having been established in memory of Richard and run by the Dimbleby family since its foundation 50 years ago. Events like these really help the charity raise money so that it can continue its work supporting those with cancer, their family and carers. It’s the start of an exciting anniversary year for us and I am proud to have my family there with me to celebrate it.”

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 Chris and Lisa please visit https://www.justgiving.com/roofersbath/

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