Local teacher gears up for charity mountain challenge

Press release For immediate release: 20 October 2009 Press contact: Katie Power, 020 7749 3720 kpower@breastcancercampaign.org Local teacher gears up for charity mountain challenge A brave teacher from Strodes College, Egham, will be putting his best foot forward later this month when he attempts to complete the Scottish 4,000 footers challenge in support of Breast Cancer Campaign. Photography teacher Stuart Robinson from Clapham will begin the demanding five-day highland challenge on 23 October during half term and will be joined by friends David Macgarty and Will Baker, both student doctors from Tooting. The group will attempt to cover 100 miles and over 27,000 feet of the Scottish mountain ranges of Cairngorms and Munroes. Stuart’s close friend Darren Smith was also due to take part in the challenge but was recently injured so he will act as the group’s official driver. The group are no strangers to endurance events having taken part in various extreme charity challenges in the past such as the Three Peaks, Everest Base Camp trek, mountain climbing in New Zealand and the London to Brighton bike ride. However this still has not prepared them for the tough feat that lies ahead so they took part in the Royal Parks half marathon in London earlier this month to help them prepare. Stuart said “Breast cancer affects so many of the women in our lives and we have chosen to support Breast Cancer Campaign by taking part in this challenge as some of our family members have been affected by the disease. It’s a very meaningful charity for us to raise money for and hopefully our efforts will help it get a step closer to beating breast cancer.” The group are already planning their next challenge and are hoping to sign up to the South Pole artic race in a few years’ time. They are hoping this challenge will raise £1,000, all of which will help Breast Cancer Campaign continue funding innovative world-class breast cancer research. If you would like to help them achieve this target 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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