About Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK LogoCancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Millions of lives have been saved by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years.

Every day in the UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer who will survive the disease for more than 10 years thanks to research.

CRUK fund research into more than 200 types of cancer, including the one that’s most important to you. From the most common – such as breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers – to rare types of tumour and children’s cancers, they support groundbreaking science that benefits everyone.

I’m a double cancer survivor, long distance walker and cyclist who does various challenges for different charities, mainly cancer-related. Amongst other things I’ve cycled from Lands End to John o’Groats (2003), from Rotterdam to Lemvig in Denmark (2005), completed the ascent of all 214 ‘Wainwrights’ in the Lake District in only 55 days (2009), cycled 4,500 miles around the coast of Great Britain (2011), cycled all 42 of the accessible Western Isles of Scotland in under a month (2012) and twice abseiled 230 ft from the top of The Big One in Blackpool. Altogether I’ve raised over £60,000 for my charities including The Christie, Cancer Research UK and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and I was mightily chuffed to receive the British Empire Medal in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List. My latest challenge is to climb 542 separate hills, fells and mountains in the Lake District during 2016, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, who do an enormous amount to improve the outcomes for all cancer patients.

My Wainwrights challenge was quite a milestone – climbing all 214 of AW’s fells in only 55 days and raising over £10,000 in the process. Since then I’ve done a few challenges involving cycling and other things, but I kept wondering whether there was some other way that I could push myself on foot.