Brothers pounding streets of London in aid of charity

Dan and Cary Mitchell
Dan and Cary Mitchell

Two brothers are taking to the streets of London this summer to raise money for a cancer support charity.

Dan Mitchell, a 24-year-old IT administrator and Cary, a 27-year-old campaigns organiser, will be joining broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, and other teams of walkers, to take part in Dimbleby Cancer Care’s 50/50/50 event on Friday, June 5, which is a 50km walk through London during the night that aims to raise £50,000.

I am confident that with my teammates and my brother by my side I will be able to complete the walk. We are all aiming to raise £500 each so collectively that will raise £5,000 for this wonderful cause

Dan Mitchell

Dimbleby Cancer Care was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. It gives practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers.

The brothers are part of a team of 10 walkers formed by one of the charity’s trustees, Kyle Taylor, and also includes other friends, family members and colleagues of Kyle’s. Cary works with Kyle in London, where he currently lives.

Dan, who lives in Robsack Avenue, St Leonards, said: “The latest research shows that we have all been affected, or know someone affected by cancer. This is true for us all, while being lucky enough to have my own health I have friends and family who have been afflicted by cancer.

“Seeing how it affected them and those around them I found myself needing to do anything in my power to help and to make their lives easier while coping with this terrible disease.

“In my day-to-day life I walk as many places as possible, even up and down the escalators in the tube stations these days, so I am using this as a training plan.

“I am confident that with my teammates and my brother by my side I will be able to complete the walk. We are all aiming to raise £500 each so collectively that will raise £5,000 for this wonderful cause.”

The event is an endurance challenge in celebration of the charity founded in memory of Jonathan’s father, Richard, who died 50 years ago this year. Starting in the evening, the walk’s route takes in famous London landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf and Greenwich. The event, which is sponsored by Leon, starts at St Thomas’ Hospital and finishes at Guy’s Hospital.

Robin Pritchard, director at Dimbleby Cancer Care, said: “Our cancer care services rely on the generosity of the general public so it’s vital that we have the support of our fantastic fundraisers like Dan and his team for our events.

To support Dan visit: https://www.justgiving.com/DanMitchell50-50-50/

To take part in the event or for more information visit http://www.dimblebycancercare.org/50-50-50.