This May, a group of Islington parents have pledged to take on a tough 500km cycle ride to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care.
After seeing friends and family affected by the two diseases the parents, who all have children at Canonbury Primary School, decided to ride 500km from Brest in North West France to Ars on the Ile de Re in the west of the country, to help raise funds for the most common cancers in men and women in the UK – prostate and breast cancer.
The eight amateur cyclists have called the challenge, Brest2Ars, in reference to the start and finish points, as well as the charities Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care, for whom they are raising funds and awareness.
Their journey will begin on Thursday 23 May, with the group cycling across the French countryside to reach their destination on Sunday 26 May.
Lu Zurawski, on behalf of the riders, said: “This event may sound cheeky, but it has serious intent. Having all lost family and friends at school prematurely to these diseases, we want to raise awareness of the support and preventative care that can help more of us to survive and thrive. And we hope Brest2Ars catches on to become a decent legacy for loved ones who struggled with breast or prostate cancer”.
Gemma Cornwell, Community Fundraising Manager at Prostate Cancer UK and Tom Whitehead, Sporting and Challenge Events Manager at Breast Cancer Care say: “Prostate and breast cancer are the most common cancers in men and women in the UK. So the chances are you know someone who’s been affected by life threatening diseases. We are there from day one with expert information and support for everyone that needs us and can only do this through support from fundraisers like the Brest2Ars cyclists. Brest2Ars really is a brilliant way to raise awareness of these diseases, as well as raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care.
“We would like to say a huge thanks to the group for taking on the ride and wish them the best of luck with their challenge.”
All money raised through the Brest2Ars will be split equally between Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care.
For more information, please visit http://www.brest2ars.com/