Perscitus team raise £15,000 for charity
The team of Perscitus Pirates paddled their hearts out in the 21st Annual Dragon Boat Festival on 8th September and raised a incredible £15,560!
More than 1,000 people competed in 50 teams. We managed to achieve the 4th fastest time of the day with 1 minute and 12 seconds.
It was a fantastic day with the event raising over £200,000.
This year we decided to fundraise for two charitable causes in aid of cancer research, a disease that touches so many lives:
1) King’s College Hospital Charity Fund - Liver Cancer Research
We are supporting Mark Thornberry’s fundraising efforts for this Charity. Mark, (who has a terminal liver cancer diagnosis and is a patient at KCH) is using his passion for running ultramarathons as a means, whilst he can, to raise monies and awareness for KCH and it’s work with the co-located Institute of Liver Studies.
The funds are earmarked for research that seeks to further understand the ‘mechanics' of liver cancer. Providing a robust patient stratification of the disease will enable further understanding of disease progression and why patients respond/don't respond well to certain treatment therapies. This will all help with improving patient outcomes.
As part of this he has completed the Javelina Jundred, a continuous 100 mile race in the Arizonan desert, the 145 mile continuous Grand Union Canal Race (from Birmingham to Paddington), and at the end of August will be running across the ‘neck’ of England on the Coast2Coast Ultra, non-stop from Whitehaven, by the Irish Sea, to Tynemouth (on the North Sea). He will have 38 hours to complete the 140 mile route, traversing the Lakes and the Pennines.
Mark blogs about his ultrarunning and cancer here: https://thorners.wordpress.com/
2) Cancer Research UK
CRUK is the world's largest independent cancer research charity. It conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Research activities are carried out in institutes, universities and hospitals across the UK, both by the charity's own employees and by its grant-funded researchers. It also provides information about cancer and runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease and influencing public policy.
The funds raised have been split 50/50 between the charities.
Thank you all so much for your support!
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