LIFE sponsors 7 Shepway Veterans taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of Tackle Prostate Cancer

7 SHEPWAY VETERANS TAKE ON THE 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE IN SUPPORT OF TACKLE PROSTATE CANCER

Shepway Veterans, a group of men over 45 are taking on the challenge of a lifetime; to climb the 3 highest peaks in the UK, starting with Ben Nevis in Scotland, then onto Scafell Pike in England and finishing with Snowdon in North Wales raising awareness and funds for Tackle Prostate Cancer. Tackle Prostate Cancer is a patient-led charity addressing the real issues people face when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and helping people to cope with their diagnosis and treatment. As a National Federation, Tackle has 90 support groups across the country, representing some 15,000 members.Back in August 2017 Alistair Hammond founder of Shepway Veterans lost his father-in-law, Graham to Prostate cancer. This left a huge hole in his family’s life, but it also made his family so much more aware of the issues that face men and the very real need to do something to help and make a difference.Alistair decided he wanted to help, so after talking to some close friends he hatched a plan to form a group of over 45-year-olds who all live in or around the Shepway area and “Shepway Veterans” was created. Made up of a group of seven men from all walks of life, but all have a connection with men’s cancers, loved ones lost and battling the disease and one of the team is a survivor.Alistair Hammond from Folkestone, founder of Shepway Veterans said: “After my father in law was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and sadly lost his fight in 2017, I formed a group of friends called the ‘Shepway Veterans’ who all have similar stories-one is a survivor-to do something to support the ongoing search for a cure for all cancers. We recognised Tackle Prostate as the perfect charitable partner to support because it helps dads, families and friends and is one of the smaller national charities that help raise awareness of men’s cancer, so everyone gets the help they need. The team are determined to raise as much money and raise awareness in the fight to save men’s lives.”Alistair’s wife and sister took part in The National 3 Peaks Challenge-3 peaks in 24 hours back in 2018. This inspired him and his fellow Shepway Veterans to take on the challenge of a lifetime.Their challenge as a group is to climb the 3 highest peaks in the UK, starting with Ben Nevis in Scotland, then onto Scafell Pike in England and finishing with Snowdon in North Wales. They will endeavour to complete each climb in a fast time (comparable to the 24 hour times), but we will tackle each mountain on a new day, so 3 Peaks in 3 days.Alistair Hammond said: Well, it might not be over 24 hours, but we will climb each peak with speed and the endurance required for a fast ascent/descent and then contend with the aching limbs each day thereafter. It is a challenge nonetheless and each of the Shepway Veterans wants to achieve the climb as a personal journey and to challenge mind and body. Some of us are scared of heights and the thought of climbing not 1, not 2 but 3 of the highest peaks in the UK is quite scary and daunting.”

  • Shepway Veterans are a group of men from Shepway in South East Kent: Folkestone and Hythe areas, over 45 who raise money for men’s charities by completing challenges that defy logic
  • 1 man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer
  • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men.
  • Shepway Veterans comprises of the following men: Martin Flood, from Folkestone, 50, Civil Servant, Kayrul Meah from Hythe, 48, Entrepreneur, Adrian Morris, from Hythe, 46, Graphic Designer, Simon Holder from Hythe, 52, Hairdresser Salon owner, Brian Begley, 53 from Folkestone, House Husband, Alistair Hammond, from Folkestone, 48, Company Director, Mark Buck from Folkestone, 52, Foster Carer.
    Prostate cancer is now a bigger killer than breast cancer making prostate cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. Every penny raised will make a difference, lives will be saved and more people will be aware of the need to be tested. The money will help the charity continue to meet its objectives of campaigning on behalf of patients and raising awareness in the community. It will also enable the ‘Save a Dad’ initiative to be followed through in secondary schools where the aim is to get a discussion on prostate cancer in the National Curriculum, just as breast cancer is included today. Working through secondary schools Tackle would like to make teenagers aware that prostate cancer will impact 1 in 8 of their dads. The charity hopes that by educating the next generation about the importance of men being tested earlier it can help “Save a Dad”.Roger Wotton chairman of Tackle Prostate Cancer says: “We know how devastating the diagnosis of prostate cancer can be. By raising awareness and funds we will hopefully see more men being tested earlier, and help accelerate a reduction in mortality figures. Prostate cancer doesn’t just affect the man diagnosed – it affects his whole family. Shepway Veterans are a true inspiration to others and deserves all our support.

    The group has received fantastic support from local company LIFElabs.io (LIFElabs) a Fintech blockchain company who will provide a facility for donations to be accepted in digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and LIFEtoken. LIFElabs have agreed to help sponsor aspects of the challenge and will match fund donations received- up to £5,000.00. The Shepway Veterans hope they will raise £5,000.00 early on through fundraising support.

    LIFElabs’ CMO, David Pugh-Jones commented: “We are extremely proud to sponsor Alistair and the Shepway Veteran’s team, supporting them in raising funds for the inspirational Tackle Prostate charity. As a company that has philanthropy and pioneering technology at its heart, it was a perfect opportunity for us to match fund donations and help build awareness of Prostate Cancer. We wish them the very best of luck in their endeavours later this year.”

    Shepway Veterans are looking for additional sponsorship for equipment and help towards the costs of this expedition.

    Alistair Hammond added: “We researched carefully and have decided to support Tackle Prostate Cancer. Through your support, our hard work and LIFElabs support, we will be able to track exactly where your donations will be going and what support takes place.”

    There will be follow up stories throughout the run-up to the event in September 2019 and afterward too.

    Every penny, pound, euro, dollar, Satoshi or token counts and will make a difference.

    Media information: For images and interviews please contact Siobhan Connor at Connor PR [email protected] Tel 07966177025

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    Donations will be made via VirginMoneyGiving and can be made by digital currency donations via LIFElabs.io / LIFEwallet app. Details will be on our website, please get in touch if you wish to make a digital donation.

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    For information on support groups, prostate cancer and testing days, visit www.tackleprostate.org.

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    About Tackle

    Tackle is the voice of prostate cancer patients and their families in the UK. As a National Federation, we only exist by virtue of our 90 support groups across the country, representing some 15,000 members. Effective communications is a challenge, not just in dealings with the media, but also in making sure our organisation stays in touch with its grass roots – patients! So, how do we approach this challenge? Our overall strategy has three themes – Supporting Patients, Raising Awareness and Campaigning on Issues.

    In the UK:

    • 1 man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer
    • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men.
    • You are more at risk of prostate cancer if:
    • you are aged 45 or over – and your risk increases as you get older
    • your father or brother has had it.
    • If you’re overweight or obese, you might have a higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer that’s aggressive (more likely to spread) or advanced (spread outside the prostate).
    • If you’re a black man over 45, speak to your GP about your risk of prostate cancer

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