Celebrating its fifth year of fundraising success, Dimbleby Cancer Care’s #Walk50 has raised £34,000 (and rising) towards supporting those affected by cancer.
Despite the rain, over 100 inspirational men, women and children from all across the UK came together on Friday 7th June to walk, 12km, 25km or 50km through London into the night– including broadcaster and our chairman, Jonathan Dimbleby, who takes part every year.
The army of fundraisers were a mix of those who have received direct help from the charity after their own cancer diagnosis, together with friends and family, and others who just wanted to show their support for the charity’s work. The walkers were joined at the start this year by actress and supporter of the charity, Annette Badland who wished them on their way with a few words of encouragement.
The walk started on Friday evening on the banks of the River Thames at Westminster Bridge, going west to Hammersmith, then north to Primrose Hill, with the 50km walkers finishing at Guy’s Cancer Centre the next morning, next to the iconic Shard, where walkers crossed the finish line with a smile on their faces. The route showed the best of London by night and dawn taking in capital’s famous landmarks, including Lambeth Palace, House of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and many more.
Jonathan Dimbleby, Chair of Dimbleby Cancer Care said “Five years is a wonderful milestone to reach and we couldn’t have done it without the support and generosity of all our wonderful supporters. In total #Walk50 has raised more than £300,000 since it began in 2015 to mark the start of the charity’s 50th anniversary year and I myself have taken part every year as I enjoy it so much.
“We have so much more to do to help provide access to the best care and support for all those living with cancer right across the UK. This event makes a huge difference to the work we do and we’re so grateful not only to the walkers and those who donate, but to the amazing team of volunteers who help make it happen.”
Dimbleby Cancer Care was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s Cancer Centre in Southwark, London. All money raised from the event will going towards the charity’s work at Guy’s Cancer Centre and the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre at Queen Mary’s Sidcup providing practical and psychological support for those going through cancer and their carers and family, with its current focus this year on its recently launched online directory of support services www.cancercaremap.org.