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The Breakfast Show - Cancer Research UK - Peter Hall


Bryan was joined on Breakfast by Peter Hall who is Area Volunteer Manager for Cancer Research UK for this region. He spoke about ‘Join The Fight Thorndon Stride 2009’ which takes place on Sunday 18th October at Thorndon Park. Starting at Thorndon South, the 8km circular route takes walkers through the beautiful Essex Countryside at Thorndon. Walkers can take part by registering on-line at:

Cancer Research UK is the largest single funder of breast cancer research in the UK, spending nearly £44 million on groundbreaking work last year.
This research is crucial but also very expensive so the charity’s fundraisers are getting fighting fit to enlist support from local people.

Peter said: “We are shaping up to recruit mums, dads, families, friends and work colleagues throughout the Brentwood area and beyond to help raise money.  We want them to step forward and be counted as they ‘Join the fight for women’s survival.’
“The message to everyone is clear: Cancer Research UK needs you! We need local people to register once again and take part in this year’s Thorndon Stride which raised over £22,500 in 2008. Supporters can also take part in this year’s campaign by requesting a fundraising pack crammed full of tips for organising an event to raise money for life saving research.”
In the last few years, more women have been diagnosed with breast cancer than ever before.  But there is good news. Thanks to research into earlier diagnosis and better treatment, more women are also surviving.
Cancer Research UK’s work has revolutionised treatments for women with breast cancer.

From the pioneering use of mammography in the 1960s, which dramatically improved early detection of the disease, to vital clinical trials of drugs such as tamoxifen, their work has helped save thousands of lives.

Peter added: “We need everyone in the Essex area to get involved.  Our research is beating breast cancer but we still need people to help us fight harder.  Every penny raised will help save more lives in the future.”

An army of celebrities has already been assembled to ‘Join the fight for women’s survival.’  They include Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman, ‘60s style icon Twiggy, broadcaster Gloria Hunniford who sadly lost her daughter Caron Keating to breast cancer, and actress and breast cancer survivor Rebekah Gibbs.

New recruits can kit themselves out with the charity’s pink and blue ‘camo’ ribbon, available in the form of an enamel pin badge from Cancer Research UK shops. A limited edition ‘camo’ duck is also available, for those wishing to plan their fundraising strategy from the bathtub!
To ‘Join the fight for women’s survival’ and receive a free Cancer Research UK fundraising pack, visit or call 08701 60 20 40. To donate to the campaign in your area visit:

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 7121 6699 or visit

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