Peterborough cancer charity forced to cancel annual Dorset expedition organises sponsored ‘walk’

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A charity set up by a Peterborough teacher which has helped thousands of people affected by cancer is asking people to take part in a sponsored walk.

Every year, the Malcolm Whales Foundation’s main fundraising event has been ‘The Dorset Walk’ with hundreds of participants - mainly schoolchildren from across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire - challenging themselves to walk 40 miles of the stunning ‘Jurassic Coast’ from Weymouth to Studland Bay.

The rewarding event raises thousands of pounds each year to assist cancer charities locally and across the country.

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However, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that this year’s walk is not now possible, but instead the charity is organising a ‘Non-Dorset Walk’ and is inviting anyone to take part and do their bit.

The Malcolm Whales Foundation's sponored walk in Dorset in a previous yearThe Malcolm Whales Foundation's sponored walk in Dorset in a previous year
The Malcolm Whales Foundation's sponored walk in Dorset in a previous year

Founder Damien Whales said: “Our goal remains unchanged: to support cancer related causes and to provide positive experiences. For the NHS, there has been increased pressure and challenge on its services and, in effect, they now need us more than ever and for us it is an obligation to help.”

The charity is asking people to walk a total of 40 miles in routes beginning and ending from their homes between July 10 and 12. Family, friends and colleagues can all get involved with the charity asking that people follow government guidelines to remain safe and donate just £1 per mile per person (or per household) to support those suffering here in the UK.

Damien added: “In Dorset we would have had a record 400 participants this year but it would be a massive boost to the charity to see that number surpassed in this one-off event.

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“Social distancing and safety will be paramount, but so is being able to assist those that need our help. Our hope is that the ‘Non-Dorset Walk’ will raise in excess of the £50,000 that we were expecting our walkers to raise in July.

“The lockdown period allowed only one form of exercise per day and many people have chosen to walk. Now everyone can do something for the good of those suffering from cancer across the country.”

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