“Le Bison's” incredible book is out - buy it now!

Proving that there really is no end to the talents of our 40tude family, long-term supporter David Beresford (known as “The Bison” to fellow 40tuders given his generous physique and force of personality) has written a book - and it’s out now, with a share of the profits going to 40tude.

Brothers in Arms is a personalised account of my travels to track down the golden generation of French rugby players and discover their life adventure,” explains David. “The 33 iconic French players who feature in my book (written in English and translated into French) were a band of loving brothers from a golden generation in the 1980s who dazzled the rugby-loving world with their skill and unpredictability.

“The book is about former great rugby players but a whole lot more. It is about life and its kaleidoscope of colours – nostalgia, dreams, laughter, love, fear, loss, pain, regret, hope.”

Businessman, journalist, Francophile, sportsman and Chairman of Carte Blanche wines, David has been a dynamic part of many of our cycle tours and in recent years has inspired his son Ollie to take up the baton for 40tude too.

Brilliantly timed to go on sale at the time of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, Brothers in Arms is on sale now and David is kindly giving a share of the profits to 40tude, one of four charities close to his heart.

It’s available on Amazon and if you buy the book using AmazonSmile 40tude will receive an additional donation from this site. If you haven’t used AmazonSmile before please do use it now for the first time, as extra funds will be forwarded to the charity at no additional cost to you.

For more information about David's book please go to: https://brothersinarmsbook.co.uk/

40tude’s swim team tackles Lake Coniston

Congratulations to 40tude swimmers Louise Murray, Charlie Morison and Nick Warner who have successfully completed this year’s ChillSwim on Coniston Water in the Lake District. Our brilliant team - who earlier this year took on our Sahara Challenge - swam the 5.25 miles length of chilly Coniston Water on August 31st, raising awareness of colon cancer and 40tude’s key message of getting screened early for this type of cancer. Well done team!

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40tuders take on the Ride100

Congratulations to 40tude Trustee Jonny Aucamp and his son Oliver who completed this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic challenge on 4th August. The pair rode 100 miles on that Sunday, successfully navigating the thousands of other cyclists taking part in this ride (including St. Mark’s Dr. Michele Marshall and Jason Bacon, Chief Executive of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation).

An amazing achievement, all the more so given that although Jonny is an experienced cyclist who has taken part in many of 40tude’s cycle challenges, the same could not be said of Oliver, who just a week before the ride had rarely ridden a bike outdoors! Thanks to their courage they have raised a fantastic £4,250 for 40tude. - thank you Oliver and Jonny.

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40tuder completes epic one-day cycle race

Congratulations to Andrew Peterson who in June completed a non-stop 300km cycle ride from Milan to San Remo in support of 40tude and St. Mark’s Hospital. As if this was not enough of a challenge in itself, he set himself the goal of completing this in under 10 hours and most generously personally trebling the donations pledged if he made this time. It took Andrew just 9 hours, 46 minutes and 57 seconds to cross the line, a truly fantastic achievement.

“My dad died of colon cancer,” says Andrew. “He should be alive today and I still miss him. I am proud to work with 40tude and St Mark’s Hospital, the world leader in funding a cure for this disease. This one day race from Milan to San Remo was a long way and a lot of toil and sweat went into the training. I am hugely indebted to all those who sponsored me, helping to beat colon cancer.”

So far Andrew’s fundraising total stands at a magnificent £8,650. If you would like to add to this total please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-peterson1

Meanwhile we’re excited that the baton is set to be taken up soon by the 55 intrepid riders who have signed up to tackle the hills of Spain during 40tude’s La Vuelta a España tour in September. Over three and a half days the peloton will be riding a historic route from Antequera to Granada, with the option to take on greater distances and ascents than on any of our previous rides. Good luck everyone!

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St. Mark's doctors to join 40tude's 2020 Adventure Challenges

We’re excited to announce the two doctors from St. Mark's Hospital set to join us as Honorary Expedition Leaders on our Adventure Challenges in 2020. 
40tude works closely with the outstanding team at St. Mark’s and their participation in our challenges gives our supporters the rare opportunity to meet these highly-respected practitioners, many of whom are pioneers in the initiative to cure colon cancer. Having stretched to the limit the tolerance of our friends Drs. David Burling and Warren Hyer, we’re delighted that this baton is to be taken up by two equally distinguished doctors from St. Mark’s early next year: Professor Omar Faiz and Mr. Toby Pring.

Click here to find out more about Omar and Toby and our two superb Adventure Challenges taking place in Jan/Feb 2020.

Northleach Run raises funds and awareness of 40tude

This year’s Northleach 10k & Fun Run on 19th May was a great success, with over 180 runners and a further 150 spectators enjoying the course through the Northleach and Eastington area of the Cotswolds. The event raised a fantastic £550 for 40tude and helped to raise awareness of our charity and the importance of being aware of colon cancer and getting screened early for this type of cancer.

Thank you to everyone who took part and helped make the day a fantastic success.

Charlie successfully completes 2019 London Marathon for 40tude

Congratulations to Charlotte Richards who ran the Virgin Money London Marathon in support of 40tude on Sunday 28th April.
A former Army officer in the Royal Logistic Corps, Charlie is the co-founder of Tribal Tracks Ltd, the bespoke group trip solutions company.  She joined 40tude for our Mount Toubkal summit in 2018 and more recently organised our 100km Sahara expeditions.  
“This has been on my bucket list for some time and I have always found an excuse not to sign up”, says Charlie.  “However this time I couldn't say no to the opportunity to run for 40tude, and in so doing raise both funds and awareness of 40tude’s key message about the importance of getting screened as early as possible for colon cancer.”  
So far she has raised more than £4,500 for 40tude - well done and thank you! If you would like to there is still time to sponsor Charlie and in so doing acknowledge her significant achievement - her fundraising page can be found at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/charlotterichards3

BBC Journalist Jeremy Bowen diagnosed with bowel cancer

The BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen announced today that he is being treated for bowel cancer. Appearing on the BBC Breakfast programme he said that he was diagnosed despite not suffering from the usual symptoms associated with bowel cancer, which can include a change in bowel habits, blood in your stool and stomach pain. "I had no symptoms - none of the classic bowel cancer symptoms. Nothing at all. But I thought I should get a test," he said.

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Mr. Bowen took this opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of getting screened early, and for anyone with unusual symptoms not to “die of embarrassment” but to report it and get tested as he did via colonoscopy, which he described as “not nearly as bad as it sounds.” For more details please see the BBC report at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47771752

40tude is working to raise awareness of this disease and recommends that you are screened regularly for colon cancer from your mid-40s.  High quality CT colonography (a CT scanner-based screening method) and colonoscopy are the most accurate methods for examining the colon for precursor polyps and cancer. The NHS is not able to offer these forms of screening to the whole population but that shouldn't stop you considering adding them to your screening programme.

40tude announces not just one but two Adventure Challenges for 2020!

We’re delighted to be able to reveal now our exciting Adventure Challenge plans for 2020, which comprise of two separate expeditions: a summit of Mount Elgon in Uganda and our Wadi Rum Challenge in Jordan. 
Please join us for either or both of these challenges in 2020 - set to be a particularly special year as we will be marking 40tude’s 10th Anniversary!

The details of these two fantastic expeditions and how to sign up can be found on our Events page on our website. Places for these treks are likely to be snapped up extremely fast in light of our hugely successful summit of Mount Toubkal and more recent Sahara Challenge so please don’t delay - let us know now if you are interested in joining us. 

Young supporter organises successful Golf Day in support of 40tude

Congratulations to Charlie Purves who took the initiative to organise a charity Golf Day last month, raising vital awareness of colon cancer and funds for 40tude.

Aged just 16, Charlie created a pop-up golf course himself on farmland in Wiltshire and signed up more than 30 players who braved an afternoon of blustery wind and rain to play their round of golf, followed by a much-deserved supper in the local Millstream pub. In organising a Raffle and Auction on the day also Charlie has so far raised more than £2,500 for 40tude. Congratulations and thank you Charlie for all your hard work and inspiration in organising this brilliant event, a truly fantastic achievement.

40tude's Sahara Challenge featured in the Henley Standard

We’re delighted that our 2019 Sahara Challenge has made the pages of the Henley Standard, following the return of our intrepid trekkers who completed our most recent challenge : to trek 100km of the Sahara over four days to raise awareness of the importance of getting screened early for colon cancer. As a result of their efforts more than £56,000 has been raised so far to help 40tude continue to support ground-breaking research into the early diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. Read more about it here!

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Professor Wendy Atkin, OBE - bowel cancer screening pioneer

The world has recently lost a true pioneer of bowel cancer screening: Professor Wendy Atkin, OBE.

Professor Atkin developed the flexible sigmoidoscopy, which uses a flexible tube and camera to enable examination of the lower (sigmoid) colon and the removal at the same time of any polyps discovered - a procedure which soon became part of the NHS screening programme.

The Times newspaper reports that “In an interview with Imperial Magazine last year Atkin spoke about how early detection of bowel cancer was far more cost-effective than treatment, and how there was still much more research to be done. “The fact remains, many people who develop bowel cancer, many of those who die from it, do not need to,” she said. “Bowel cancer can be prevented. The more effective, and the more efficient our screening programmes, the more people can be saved.”

You can read more about Professor Atkin’s life and outstanding contribution to colon cancer detection in her obituary in The Times at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/professor-wendy-atkin-obituary-0xcq73tqs?shareToken=ee2b6890331965e8904ffb2f2584698b

Colon cancer screening in England to start at age 50

We're delighted that the start age for colon cancer screening in England is being lowered - to 50 years of age.

Announcing the government's recent change in policy, the Times newspaper reported that Public Health England said "evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at an earlier stage."

For more about this step change please go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45143895

40tude recommends that you are screened regularly for colon cancer as early as possible, ideally from your mid-40s. Heightened awareness of colon cancer is essential, particularly from the age of 45, and any abdominal symptoms or change in bowel habit should be discussed immediately with your doctor, whatever your age.

Gav's Paddle: the 40tude SUP Marathon 2018 a great success

40tude's Stand Up Paddleboard Marathon was another huge success this year.  On Saturday 16th June more than 90 people took to their boards to paddle a marathon distance - 26 miles of the River Thames between Kingston and Putney, this year in memory of inspirational 40tude supporter Gavin Murray.  By taking part in 'Gav's Paddle' his amazing friends and family have helped raise awareness of the importance of getting screened early for colon cancer, in addition to raising more than £95,000 to help 40tude continue to fund pioneering research targeted at improving the early diagnosis and treatment of this preventable type of cancer.

Read all about it here!

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April is National Bower Cancer Awareness month

We're delighted that April is National Bower Cancer Awareness month.  This annual event has been created to increase awareness of bowel cancer and it symptoms, and to raise funds to help treat this very preventable type of cancer - just as 40tude is working hard to do.   

To find out more about this national campaign please see: