It took them over 12 hours but a team of colleagues from Essentia finally crossed the finish line at 9:00 on Saturday 11 June after walking 50km through the night to raise money for cancer care charity, Dimbleby Cancer Care.
The group of eight were taking part in the charity’s Walk50 event to raise money towards its ‘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.
They were inspired to take part by the work that Dimbleby Cancer Care does for patients with cancer and their families. Essentia, based in SE1, has managed the design and build of the new cancer centre at Guy’s hospital, which will be the new home for the charity when it opens later this year.
The CEO, Steve McGuire led the team which included Alexandra Hammond, Gwyneth Weller, David Heath, Andrew Tollick, Shireen Williams, Alex Nickson and Alexis Jones.
Steve said: “We had such a great time on the walk. Our favourite part was getting to know colleagues better and learning about Dimbleby Cancer Care’s impact on some of the people who were walking with us – one woman in our group has cancer and was a huge inspiration. Towards the end of the walk, we were stopped by an elderly woman who wanted to know why we were walking. When we explained she asked if she could donate on the spot. She is suffering from cancer and she was encouraged to see so many people out walking to support Dimbleby Cancer Care. She donated very generously to our cause, and really brought home why we were walking. It was useful encouragement a few km from the finish line!”
“We had some injuries in the team and the distance was a lot longer than some had walked before, but we had fun and kept spirits high. It’s all about the journey! We are already planning to take part next year and to have even more people on Team Essentia!”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the charity which was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. It provides practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers.
Walk50 took place on Friday 10 June, starting at St Thomas’ Hospital in Southwark and finishing at Guy’s Hospital, where the charity will have its new home later this year at the new state of the art Guy’s Cancer Centre.
Robin Pritchard, Director at Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “It was a fantastic event and the feedback we are getting from everyone who took part has been so positive.
“We had a real variety of participants from people who have used our services who we have supported and their families and friends, to complete strangers who have been touched by cancer and wanted to find a way to give back. It was wonderful to see everyone come together and share their stories as they walked around London We will definitely be holding the event next year and hope to make it even bigger and better.”
To support the team please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TeamEssentia
Pic caption: L-R: Steve McGuire, guide, Andrew Tollick, Shireen Williams, Alexis Jones, Gwyn Weller, David Heath, Alexandra Hammond, Alex Nickson
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About Dimbleby Cancer Care
2016 marks Dimbleby Cancer Care’s 50th anniversary year. Over the last 50 years the charity has provided practical and psychological support for people in South East London living with cancer, their families and carers. The charity was set up in 1966 in memory of renowned broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. Its mission is to raise money to continue its commitment to support and expand the Dimbleby Cancer Care Information and Support Services which includes a drop-in information service, Welfare Benefits advice, psychological support, complementary therapies and the provision of Dimbleby pillows for cancer patients. The charity has also endowed £2million to secure the future of cancer care services at the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital due for completion in September 2016. In addition, the Dimbleby Cancer Care Research Fund awards up to £300,000 per year to research projects looking at all aspects of cancer care. www.dimblebycancercare.org
About ‘Care for the Future’ appeal
Dimbleby Cancer Care’s ‘Care for the Future’ appeal aims to raise £500,000 so that it can continue and expand its work within the cancer community, primarily in South East London. The appeal will conclude with the opening of the new cancer centre at Guy’s hospital in late 2016 where the charity’s Information and Support Services for cancer patients will be based. To continue to support cancer care into the future we need to raise vital funds. Every donation makes a difference, visit www.dimblebycancercare.org/donate to find out how to get involved.