Leicester scientists get into gear for new fundraising challenge

Posted by ap507 at Aug 24, 2018 09:35 AM |
Leicester researchers are getting on their bikes to highlight Cycle 300, a new fundraising challenge from Cancer Research UK

Issued by Cancer Research UK on 23 August

Two Leicester researchers are getting on their bikes to highlight Cycle 300, a new fundraising challenge from Cancer Research UK.

Dr Charlotte Smith and Professor David Bartram, from the University of Leicester, are urging men and women to sign up now and then choose how, when and where to clock up 300 miles on a bike in September.

Charlotte, who is leading a research project into the effects of vaping regulation, is one of 4,000 Cancer Research UK funded scientists, doctors and nurses working on the front line in the fight against the disease.

She’s also a Team GB triathlete with a passion for cycling and a string of medals for events including Ironman.

David, Associate Professor in Sociology, cycles to work every day and knows only too well the importance of research into cancer after his grandfather died of lung cancer.

Both scientists are keen to show how peddle power can make a crucial difference to people diagnosed with the disease. 

Charlotte said: “I love cycling and I think this is a great way to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s vital research. But you don’t have to be a cycling fanatic like me – the beauty of it is that anyone can take part because they can fit it in with their lifestyle.

“I’d encourage anyone who can cycle to join the campaign and clock up 300 miles in September.”

Charlotte’s research is looking at the difficulties surrounding the regulation of e-cigarettes and examining whether any restrictions could be encouraging users to move back to tobacco.

“Research so far shows that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking tobacco which is the single biggest cause of cancer,” said Charlotte. “Prevention is key to beating cancer and that’s why this research is so important.”

There are many ways to hit the 300-mile mark. Commuters can to notch up ten miles a day on their cycle to work. Weekend enthusiasts can plan epic 75-mile routes through rolling countryside, while gym bunnies can step up the spin classes to hit their target.”

David, co-editor of The Journal of Happiness Studies and expert in international migration, said: “Smoking killed my grandfather when I was 12 years old and that had a major impact on my life.

“That’s why I’m delighted to be involved in something that raises funds for such a worthwhile cause while helping keep people fit and active.”

Paula Young, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Leicestershire, said participants could burn roughly between 400 to 750 calories per hour of cycling.

“We’re extremely grateful Charlotte and David are supporting this initiative and hope it will start a chain-reaction, sparking the interest of cyclists of all ages and abilities,” she said.

“As well as helping to build fitness and burn excess calories, cycling regularly encourages a healthier heart, can improve mood, and can also protect against a range of diseases – including cancer.

“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Research is very expensive and the only way we can fund it is with the help of our supporters. By taking part in Cycle 300, men and women can make a real difference in the fight against the disease.

“You can sign up to Cycle 300 on your own or make it a more social affair by challenging family, friends and colleagues to join you.”

To sign up now for a free fundraising pack visit www.cruk.org/cycle300


Notes to editors:

About Cancer Research UK

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no funding from the UK government for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on vital donations from the public.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.


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