6 Jun 2013

Hike for Hope 250Last night (Wednesday 5 June) Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO attended an art exhibition at The Menier Gallery, London, in support of charities Prostate Cancer UK and Wellbeing of Women.

The exhibition was held to celebrate the incredible fundraising efforts of Trustees, Professor Roger Kirby at Prostate Cancer UK, and Marcus Setchell at Wellbeing of Women, who have raised a phenomenal £1.3million by founding and leading five international 'Hike For Hope' treks over five years.

Supporting the trekkers was Resident Artist, Alex Roch, who joined and captured moments from their recent journey to the Anti-Atlas Mountains in Morroco. The sketches were transformed into beautiful and poetic paintings that were unveiled at the private viewing last night. Alex is kindly donating one third of all proceeds from the sale of the paintings to the charities.

Also attending the event, which was designed to honour and celebrate those who took part in a Hike For Hope, were the trekkers, their friends and families, trustees, CEOs of charities, ambassadors and supporters.

Roger Kirby, Trustee at Prostate Cancer UK, said: "We were honoured that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester was able to join us at the Menier Gallery to celebrate the £1.3million raised on the five consecutive Hikes For Hope. The money will be spent to improve diagnosis, and care for the 250,000 men who are currently living with prostate cancer in the UK."

Marcus Setchell, Trustee at Wellbeing of Women, said: "Hike For Hope has now done five treks jointly for Wellbeing of Women and Prostate Cancer UK. The partnership of the two charities in running the joint sponsored treks has been fantastic. The hundreds of men and women who have joined the treks have loved the challenging walks, and the money raised has helped to improve cancer treatments for gynecological and prostate cancer."

The Hike for Hope exhibition is open to the public until Saturday 8 June. For more details people can visit http://www.meniergallery.co.uk/Menier_Gallery/Exhibitions.html

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