Local fundraiser completes charity trek to Peru

Press release For immediate release: 6 October 2009 Press contact: Katie Power, 020 7749 3720 kpower@breastcancercampaign.org Local fundraiser completes charity trek to Peru A fundraiser from Cwmbran has successfully completed the challenge of a lifetime by trekking to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu, Peru, in support of Breast Cancer Campaign. He hopes to raise £3,500 to help the charity beat breast cancer. Father of two Colin Wilmott, 51, took part in the challenge from 11 – 23 September. Colin started his challenge in the ancient city of Cusco before trekking through the Lares Valley trail to reach the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. The trip concluded with a visit to Lake Titicaca, one of the highest lakes in the world. Colin signed up to take part in the challenge in memory of his wife, Gillian, who died of breast cancer two years ago. Since then Colin has taken part in several fundraising activities in support of the charity, including a charity dance and hiking the West Highland Way, and also set up the Gill Wilmott Pink Ribbon Tribute Fund. So far Colin’s fundraising has raised over £13,000 for Breast Cancer Campign, all of which will help the charity continue funding innovative world-class breast cancer research. Colin said ”The trek was absolutely amazing. The journey we did was so remote we didn’t see another trekker for days on end. It was fantastic camping amongst the local inhabitants and the views we saw were just breathtaking. It’s such a fantastic achievement to have completed it and I’m really proud that I’ve raised so much money to help Breast Cancer Campaign get a step closer to beating breast cancer.” If you would like to help Colin with his fundraising by making a donation, please visit his Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/breastcancercampaigngillwilmottpinkribbontribute/ If you’ve been inspired by Colin’s story and would like to take on your own challenge to Machu Picchu, Peru, for Breast Cancer Campaign please call 020 7749 3700, email treks@breastcancercampaign.org or visit breastcancercampaign.org ENDS Picture caption: Colin Wilmott celebrates reaching the top of Machu Picchu Notes to editors • Breast Cancer Campaign aims to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure • Currently it supports 101 research projects, worth over £14.1 million, in 41 centres of excellence across the UK and Ireland • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women • In the UK, nearly 46,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year - that’s 125 a day • Visit www.breastcancercampaign.org • Read Chief Executive Pamela Goldberg’s blog http://pamelagoldbergblog.blogspot.com/ • Breast Cancer Campaign urges women to be breast aware this Breast Cancer Awareness Month and continue throughout the year as early detection can save lives. Follow the five-point code: know what is normal for you, look and feel, know what changes to look for, report any changes without delay and attend a breast screening if aged 50 or over. Women over 70 should contact their GP for a referral.

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