Local teacher completes 4,000ft charity mountain challenge

Press release For immediate release: 29 October 2009 Press contact: Katie Power, 020 7749 3720 kpower@breastcancercampaign.org Local teacher completes 4,000ft charity mountain challenge A brave teacher from Strodes College, Egham, has returned from five days of pure endurance after attempting to complete the famous Scottish 4,000 footers challenge in support of Breast Cancer Campaign. Photography teacher Stuart Robinson from Clapham took part in the extreme mountain challenge from 23 – 28 October where he attempted to cover 100 miles and over 27,000 feet of the Scottish mountain ranges of the Cairngorms and Munros. He was joined by friends David Macgarty and Will Baker, both student doctors from Tooting, and Darren Smith who was the group’s official driver. Due to extreme weather conditions, the group were sadly unable to complete the exact route of the challenge after 70mph winds and torrential rain forced them to retreat after the first two peaks of Cairngorm and Ben Macdui. The group were determined not to be defeated however so decided to complete the challenge via a new route and successfully completed three quarters of the target distance by travelling through the forest of Glen Nevis before finishing the challenge at Ben Nevis. Stuart said “This challenge was far more difficult than any of us ever imagined. We slept in the rain, hiked in the dark and even waded through rivers, but we made it in the end and despite the ups and downs we had a fantastic time. We’re incredibly proud of what we achieved and are so pleased that we’re so close to reaching our £1,000 target for Breast Cancer Campaign as it’s a charity very close to our hearts.” The group have taken part in several endurance events in the past, including the Three Peaks challenge, Everest Base Camp trek and the London to Brighton bike ride. They have also started planning their next challenge and hope to sign up to the South Pole arctic race in a few years’ time. If you would like to help Stuart and the rest of the group with their fundraising by making a donation please visit their Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/scottish4000footers/aim Anyone can hold a fundraising event for Campaign, no matter how large or small. For more information please call 020 7749 3700 or email Angela Kelly at akelly@breastcancercampaign.org ENDS 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 115 research projects, worth almost £16 million, in 44 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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