A group of 10 colleagues based in Birmingham are hitting the streets this summer to raise money for cancer care charity, Dimbleby Cancer Care.

The group from the McMinn Centre, a leading hip and knee resurfacing and replacement centre, will be joining broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby and a host of walkers on Friday 5 June to take part in Dimbleby Cancer Care’s 50/50/50 event – 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.

Derek McMinn, 61, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the McMinn Centre said: “ I first met Jonathan when I resurfaced one of his hips 11 years ago and the next one five years later so when he invited me and my team to take part in this exciting challenge I couldn’t say no. I not only wanted to raise money for such a great cause but also wanted to see his new hips in action and see how they would stand up to such an endurance challenge.

“Cancer is something that has affected each and every one of us in one way or another and there was no hesitation in signing up to raise money for a charity that supports those with the disease, as well as those around them. It will also be a personal challenge for each of us to go the distance. We are aiming to raise £5,000 collectively as a team and are nearly half way there already.”

Joining Derek for the McMinn Centre team is Pam Charles, Joseph Daniel, Hena Ziaee, Emma Carr, Rob Knowles, Wayne Carr, Peter Allen, Philippa Gilmour and Chris Knowles. The team are all from the West Midlands.

The event is an endurance challenge in support 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.

Jonathan Dimbleby, Chair of Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “It is great that Derek and his team can join us for what will be a terrific event. With two hips resurfaced by Derek himself I will definitely make the distance – but if I don’t I’ll blame him. To be serious I am extremely grateful for their support and I wish them all luck in reaching their fundraising goal.”

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 the McMinn team please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/McMinnCentre