The Big Walk 2017’s Big Total

The Big Walk 2017 was Prostate Cymru’s biggest walk to date with 352 participants taking on the physical and mental challenge of trekking 30 miles from the Principality Stadium, Cardiff to Kenfig Hill RFC, Bridgend on Saturday 10th June. This year’s event also featured the first corporate teams to take on the challenge: Snowdrop Independent Living and Panasonic Cardiff.

Walkers aimed to raise money for the charity through their participation in the event, fundraising in their local community, at work and online via JustGiving. Thanks to the efforts of the 352 walkers and the generosity of their friends, family and colleagues The Big Walk 2017 has raised an incredible £47,762.36

The total was revealed at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday 25th August by rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards CBE who officially started this year’s walk and Chris Leyshon, Community and Sports Officer at Prostate Cymru.

Revealing the total, Sir Gareth Edwards said, “Little did I realise, when we started that walk off for Kenfig Hill on that Saturday morning in June, that we’d be standing here just under the fantastic sum of £50,000. I think it’s been a great gesture by everybody. A wonderful sum of money has been raised and I think everybody who contributed to that should be really congratulated and certainly impressed with that.”

Chris Leyshon, Community and Sports Officer at Prostate Cymru and founder of The Big Walk, said, “I’d like to thank, on behalf of the charity, our amazing walkers and everyone who has donated for helping to make a huge difference to our work raising awareness of prostate cancer and supporting prostate cancer sufferers. We are overwhelmed by the support The Big Walk receives year on year. Since the event’s inception in 2014, we have raised an outstanding £131,008.50 for Prostate Cymru.”

Prostate Cymru would like to congratulate the following walkers who were awarded the top fundraiser prizes for The Big Walk 2017 for raising the highest individual sponsorship totals:

  1. Matthew Fletcher
  2. Ian Pearce
  3. Peter Bell
  4. Kim Mohajer
  5. Sian Williams

 

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