Hope this blog finds you all well and that you have been enjoying the sun.
This blog has double-headed motivation, the first is the fact that now, one in two of us will get cancer in some way shape, or form and the second is an amazing story of what we can do to fight back!
It is estimated by McMillian that there are currently 3 million people living with cancer in the UK, rising to 3.5 million by 2025 to 4 million by 2030, and to 5.3 million by 2040. In 2019, around 391,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in the UK. On average someone is diagnosed with cancer every 90 seconds. Cancer incidence in the UK has risen by 39% since 2002 and by 19% only in the last decade. This is likely due to the growing and aging population who are at higher risk of developing cancer as well as improvements in diagnosis initiatives and public awareness. In 2019 unfortunately, around 167,000 people died from cancer, an average of 460 people every day. However, with the growth in technologies and treatments, this is beginning to come down. Unfortunately, the practice is no exception to the above and this year two members of our staff have had their life affected by this terrible illness.
So, what do you do when this illness affects you? For the members of staff in the practice this year we saw remarkable humans showing strength I’m sure they didn’t know they had. But what about the rest of us? What can we do to support them? A hug? Yes. A cup of tea? Sure. Time to listen and just be there? Of course 100%. But Caroline wanted to do more……. So why not enter the team into a 5km race? Sure, why not! A 5km, muddy obstacle course, however…
On Saturday 24th June that’s what the team did! Led by Caroline – Sally, Neve, Lauren, Hayley, Lily and Nat along with honoree team members Martha and Tom took on Cancer by attacking Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy 5km at Cheltenham Racecourse.
It was a brilliant day that saw over £60,000 raised in total from all the competitors at Cheltenham that day – a fantastic effort!
For the Moreton Team, there was mud where there shouldn’t be mud, soggy trainers, grazed knees, and lots and lots of smiles oh, and plenty of screaming!!
The guys did brilliantly running the whole thing as a team, starting and finishing together. Each and every one of them should be so proud of what they achieved.
Cancer is a horrible disease BUT if we can all take a lesson from the team at the weekend is that although it will knock you down, with support, a little laughter, and a whole lot of hard work we can fight it!
It was also great for Indie, Tiggy, Harrison, Spenser, and Marnie to all be able to watch their mummies smash it – brilliant role models!
Well done to everyone who took on Cancer on Saturday, it was very humbling to watch so many people doing all they can to fight it!