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Posted by ap507 at Mar 18, 2015 03:08 PM |
University of Leicester students are raising funds for Hope Against Cancer by recreating a 423 mile journey to Marie Curie’s burial site

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office and Hope Against Cancer on Wednesday 18 March

On the 27 March 2015, students studying Cancer Chemistry at the University of Leicester will be aiming to raise over £1,000 for Hope Against Cancer, the local cancer research charity. Their challenge is to recreate the 423 mile journey from Leicester to Marie Curie’s burial site at the Panthéon in Paris. 

Students will be undertaking one of three challenges:

• Cycling from University of Leicester to the Port of Dover – 187 miles

• Rowing the Channel from Dover to Calais – 52 miles

• Cycling from the Port of Calais to the Panthéon, Paris – 184 miles

The event will take place in the George Porter Building, University of Leicester from 8am until 6pm on 27 March 2015.

Student Karen Smith explained why the group had decided to support Hope Against Cancer:

“We decided that rather than just studying cancer, we should be more proactive in making a difference. We wanted to support research carried out locally. After seeing first hand the impact that Hope Against Cancer is making by funding the clinical trails unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, we believe the charity is a positive platform for change.”

In addition to raising money for such a worthy cause, the students hope to raise awareness of the importance of exercise as a means of preventing cancer. Scientific research has demonstrated that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight reduces the risk of developing many forms of cancer. This entails eating a balanced diet to provide our bodies with all the nutrients they need, but just as importantly includes keeping active, which could help to prevent around 3,400 cases of cancer every year in the UK alone. 

Karen added: “Everyone in the class knows someone who has been affected by cancer - that’s strong motivation to do something about it. We decided to do something healthy, as lifestyle changes can be the first step in the prevention of some cancers.”

To support the charity you can donate on the Virgin Money Giving site:

or Text HFCR08 £3 to 70070.

Find out more by visiting: 

For further information about Hope Against Cancer contact Corinne Green on 0116 270 0101.


Notes to editors:

About Hope Against Cancer:

Hope Against Cancer was set up in 2003 to increase the funds available for cancer research in Leicestershire and Rutland and make clinical trials more available to local people.  Surveys demonstrate that when patients with cancer are treated at cancer centres and units carrying out research, outcomes are significantly improved.

Around 5,000 people in Leicestershire are diagnosed with cancer each year and the region currently has hot spots of cancer associated with cultural and socio-economic factors and healthcare inequalities.

Since 2003, Hope has raised over £4m and funded over 40 research projects tackling many different forms of cancer.  In 2012 the charity established and opened a dedicated clinical trials unit - a partnership between the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals - at Leicester Royal Infirmary to offer patients access to new medicines and therapies, funding a dedicated HOPE Nurse to add to the care and support trials patients receive.  Hope has also been instrumental in the city of Leicester becoming a cancer research centre of excellence.  This will prioritise leading potential practice changes in early detection, prevention and treatment of cancers while continuing to identify research projects with a clear benefit for patients across the region.

Hope Against Cancer works closely with the Universities of Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort and is grateful for their support. Visit their website at:

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