University of Leicester lecturer forges ahead with fundraising for local cancer charity

Posted by er134 at Jul 11, 2013 11:49 AM |
Dr Stewart Sale from the University of Leicester continues his ‘Year of Hope’ challenge

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 July 2013

A University of Leicester charity fundraiser is on course to raise £5,000 for Leicestershire Cancer charity, HOPE.

Dr Stewart Sale, Lecturer of Cancer Chemoprevention in the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine at the University of Leicester, has to date completed four half marathons, a 10K run and the Edinburgh marathon, which he ran in 4h 55:06, and raised over £3,500.

Dr Sale began his one year challenge last September after being made a HOPE Diamond by the Leicester based charity. The HOPE Diamonds act as ambassadors for the charity, which funds cancer research projects in the Hospitals and universities of Leicester and Leicestershire.

The fundraising challenges yet to come include a 5 day, 420 mile, bike ride from Leicester to Amsterdam and back. 55 cyclists are currently signed up for the challenge including former English Rugby Union Coach and Leicester Tigers captain, Martin Johnson, who is a patron for the charity.

Dr Sale’s impressive efforts will conclude the Equinox24, a solo 24 hour endurance run around the grounds of Belvoir Castle. For this event a customised shirt is being made, by GForce Sportswear, which will acknowledge all of his major sponsors. In addition if people wish to donate they still can via his donation page

He said: “I am so proud to be a representative of HOPE against Cancer and commit to this year of fundraising for them. The charity has made all its ambassadors and fundraisers feel so welcome and have managed to successfully create a family like environment which has made the role fun and enjoyable. I am very passionate about the charity as they are so dedicated to funding quality research in projects that may lead to new treatment strategies being discovered that could ultimately benefit cancer patients in the Leicestershire area.”

In a bid to increase his fundraising, Dr Sale has also organised a charity golf day at Kilworth Springs golf course on the 7th August as well as a charity bike ride from Macclesfield to Buxton with the help of Phenomenex.

Wendi Stevens, Hope Against Cancer Co-ordinator, said: “We are extremely grateful to Stewart for his remarkable fundraising efforts. The money he raises goes straight into funding research here in Leicester, bringing expertise to our door and giving hope to future cancer sufferers in Leicestershire and Rutland.  He is an enormous support to Hope and has been truly inspirational!”


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