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Big-hearted BT staff are stepping out on 100-mile hike to answer charity call

Press release   •   Sep 22, 2017 13:29 BST

Kath Wood

Big-hearted BT employees from Liverpool are swapping their offices for a 100-mile hike along the Offa’s Dyke Path – but it’s all for a great cause.

Kath Wood and Lisa Cunliffe, from Liverpool and Billinge, are part of a team of 10 colleagues who are tackling the trek in a bid to raise £30,000 for Stand Up To Cancer.

They will be setting off from Prestatyn in North Wales on Monday, September 25, and walking part of the historic Offa’s Dyke trail which marks the border between England and Wales.

Their five-day challenge will finish in Knighton, in Powys, mid-Wales, on Friday, September 29.

Lisa and Kath will be teaming up with colleagues from around the country, from as far afield as Glasgow and London, with other staff joining them daily for different stages of the walk.

Most of them have been affected by cancer in some way.

They all work for BT’s Business and Public Sector division, which provides national sales and account management to large and medium-sized organisations around the UK.

Kath, a senior sales manager, who lives and works in Liverpool, said: “Like most of us, cancer has touched me personally, losing my lovely Mum just over 16 years ago now, along with some other friends and family who the disease has impacted.

“This walk is such a challenge, six to seven hours of walking each day for five days would put fear in most of us but I know I will feel amazing when I have completed it.

“Three years ago when I was 45, I started running to get healthy and I have since completed eight 10k runs and a half marathon which has given me the bug to continue to be challenged. I still don’t find running easy and feel very proud of myself when I have achieved reaching the finish line. I want to feel the same way on Friday.”

The sponsored walk is one of two major fundraising events organised by BT staff that week, which they hope will raise a total of £80,000 for Stand Up To Cancer.

Twenty-four hours after the walkers take their first steps, around 130 miles away in Solihull, more than 100 BT colleagues will be getting on their bikes to tackle a 175-mile round trip.

They will be setting off from BT’s offices at Birmingham Business Park on the morning of Tuesday, September 26, for the ride through the picturesque Cotswolds, which will take in Cheltenham and Oxford before returning to Solihull.

Dubbed the Tour de BT 2017, participants of all ages and abilities will be taking part in the three-day cycle ride.

They include Rod Norburn, a senior project manager from Stockport and Neil Brown, an ICT specialist from Warrington.

Anyone interested in supporting them can do so via either of the following links:

https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/tourdebt2017

https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/btcorporatealongwalk2017

Rachel Carr, head of Stand Up To Cancer, said: “We’d like to thank all at BT for taking part in this incredible event, trekking or cycling up to 175 miles across the country. It’s this kind of support and energy that we need to help take cancer down. We’ve made amazing progress in the fight against cancer over the last few decades, but one in two of us will still develop cancer in our lifetime, so we really can’t afford to stand still. This is why supporting Stand Up To Cancer is so important. All the money raised will go towards funding vital research to get game-changing treatments to patients faster and save lives.”

It’s the second year running BT staff have organised a sponsored walk and cycle ride. Similar events last year raised around £70,000 for BBC Children in Need.

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Issued by the BT regional press office. For more information please contact Janet Hare on 0800 085 0660 or email: janet.hare@bt.com

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About Stand Up To Cancer (UK):

  • Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4
  • The campaign returns this autumn with a variety of fundraising activities and a series of special programming on Channel 4
  • Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer funds game-changing research that accelerates new cancer treatments and tests to UK patients to ultimately save more lives
  • More than £38 million has been raised in the UK to date and over 40 trials and projects have been funded, that will involve more than 10,000 cancer patients
  • Current research projects include the development of the ‘chemo package’ to deliver treatment at the best time for the patient; testing arsenic as a weapon to make cancer implode; using viruses to seek and destroy cancer cells while boosting the immune system, and much, much more!
  • Stand Up To Cancer is supported by a host of the biggest and brightest stars including Davina McCall, Alan Carr, Edith Bowman, James Morrison, Kirstie Allsopp, Melanie C and Kimberley Wyatt, Naomi Campbell, Noel Gallagher, Nicole Scherzinger, Pharrell Williams, Tom Hardy, Gillian Anderson, Britney Spears, Idris Elba, Andy Murray, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift, Martin Freeman, Jamie Oliver, Kathy Burke, Miranda Hart, Paul O’Grady, Richard Ayoade, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jack O’Connell, Lily James, Rosamund Pike, Sophie Turner, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones and Will Poulter.

To find out more about fundraising activities visit Standuptocancer.org.uk or channel4.co.uk/SU2C or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram