Spring into Hyde Park this April

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Bowel Cancer UK organises a sponsored walk in London's Hyde Park to take place on Saturday, 10th April (just after Easter) to help raise awareness of the disease during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Supporters of Bowel Cancer UK walking in Hyde Park last April

Bowel cancer affects so many people in the UK every year but, if caught early, it is highly treatable, and it is really important that the public becomes more aware of the disease.

On Saturday 10th April 2010, national charity Bowel Cancer UK will hold, for the second year running, a sponsored walk called Bringing Up the Rear! in London’s Hyde Park.

The walk, which will take place during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, is one of the charity’s most successful events. It has broad appeal for people of all ages and, aside from raising funds for the charity, helps to increase awareness of bowel cancer.

The five-kilometre route will start and finish at Hyde Park’s bandstand, and will follow the Princess Diana Memorial Route, leading participants along the Serpentine and incorporating many of the park’s points of interest, such as the Boy and Dolphin Fountain, as well as the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain itself.

Those taking part are encouraged to bring along their friends and families, as the event has plenty of appeal both to Londoners and those from further afield, who can enjoy it as part of a fun day out in the capital.

The start time is 12 noon but participants can register until 1 p.m. Registration costs just £5 (children get in free), and can be completed either in advance or on the day. Balloons and t-shirts will be supplied.

Bowel Cancer UK’s Director of Fundraising, Andrew Moffatt, says:

“We are hoping for a big turn-out in Hyde Park on 10thApril, and we are asking people to spread the word and bring their families and friends. They can show their support for both Bowel Cancer UK and those affected by bowel cancer, as well as help to raise the disease’s profile during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

“Bowel cancer affects so many people in the UK every year but, if caught early, it is highly treatable, and it is really important that the public becomes more aware of the disease.”

For more information, please visit http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/walks, or call 020 7381 9711. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help out on the day is warmly encouraged to get in touch as well.

Notes for Editors

For media enquiries, please contact Louise Ellis or Imogen Cawrse in the Bowel Cancer UK press office on 020 7381 9711 (between 9.30 and 5.30).

If you would like statistics or any other information, do not hesitate to get in touch.

About Bowel Cancer UK

Bowel Cancer UK aims to save lives by raising awareness of bowel cancer, campaigning for best treatment and care, and providing practical support and advice.

About Bowel Cancer

Bowel Cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK, affecting both men and women. Every year more than 37,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and around 16,000 people die of the disease. Despite these statistics, the disease is very treatable if caught early, which is why raising awareness is so important

For more information about bowel cancer, please visit http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

If you have any concerns please call the Bowel Cancer Advisory Service on 0800 8 40 35 40.

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