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:  

https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/bowel-cancer-awareness-month-2018/

Registration is open for 40tude's 2018 Cycle Challenge: in Sardinia!

We're excited to announce that registration for 40tude's 2018 Cycle Challenge is now open! 
 
Over three and a half days from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th September 2018 we'll be heading to the island of Sardinia to bask in the sunshine, glory in the hills and luxuriate in the Mediterranean.

The Tour will follow the usual successful formula of three route options a day, each of different difficulties, guided riding, support vehicles, medics, transport of bikes to Sardinia and back, a minimum of three food and drink stops a day, post ride food, excellent evening meals and accommodation along the way, finish celebrations, and, of course amazing cycling in a fantastic peloton of 40tuders.

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. With over 13% of the island classified as mountainous and almost 70% of it classified as hilly, you will need to get your hill climbing legs ready for this lumpy ride.

40TUDE NEEDS YOU!  We would really appreciate your support in helping us to grow our peloton in 2018 by actively encouraging someone else to join this ride with you. Please do take a moment to share the details of Sardinia 2018 with your friends, family and colleagues and let them know how enjoyable a 40tude cycle challenge can be. It’s vital that we have the opportunity to promote our message, advocating screening, more widely. One of our objectives in 2018 is to ensure that at least 25% of the participants on our events are new to 40tude.

To find out more and to book your place on this tour please follow the link below. Registration this year is direct with pie, our specialist cycle event partner, via their website where you can find more details about this ride and the registration form for Sardinia 2018.  

We look forward to cycling with you in Sardinia.

https://www.pieevents.co.uk/events/40tudes-sardinia-2018-cycle-challenge-26th-30th-september-2018

40tude Expedition Team reaches summit ridge of Mount Toubkal

Congratulations to all those who bravely took part recently in 40tude's new mountaineering challenge:  a winter ascent of Mount Toubkal, Northern Africa’s highest mountain.  

A team of 26 novice mountaineers took up the challenge to trek to Toubkal in the beautiful snow-covered High Atlas Mountains, overcoming the effects of the high altitude and learning to use ice axes and crampons for this challenging 3-day winter expedition.  Led by our event partner Far Frontiers Expeditions Ltd, the team battled deep snow and bitter winds to reach the summit ridge of Mount Toubkal on the morning of Saturday 3rd February, at a height of 4,100 metres.

This new challenge for 40tude has helped to raise both awareness of colon cancer and the importance of getting screened for this type of cancer - as well as vital funds to enable 40tude to continue to support inspirational research programmes targeted at the early detection and treatment of colon cancer.  We're delighted that £67,000 has been raised so far as a result of the expedition team's amazing efforts.   

Many congratulations and thank you to all who took part!  

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Cabbage Patch 10 run for 40tude

Congratulations to Toni Ashby, who in October ran the Cabbage Patch 10 in memory of her friend Gavin Murray - who was also a great friend of 40tude - in her first ever race having only recently taking up running. 

Says Toni, “I'm not (or wasn't) much of a runner but have always been amazed at the determination shown by others when they take part in the Marathon.  My dad first ran the Marathon when he was 50 and this was a very proud day for our family.  This year, I took the children to watch my good friend Ian complete his first marathon in a brilliant time, and that day I decided it was time I participated rather than watched.”  

"I applied for a place in the Marathon ballot and have been increasing my running distance over the last few months.  I was absolutely gutted when I didn't get a place for 2018 because I wanted to fund-raise for a charity that means a lot to a special family in our community."

The Cabbage Patch 10 was only planned to be a milestone race in Toni's training but she kindly decided to fund-raise via this race instead.  So far she has raised more than £3,300 for 40tude – thank you Toni! If you would like to sponsor Toni please go to her fundraising page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/toniashby2

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