A fundraising event saw walkers brave the wind and rain to support the Royal Marsden last week.

On Sunday ( May 23 ), thousands of people took part in The Banham Marsden March at Home in a bid to raise money for The Royal Marsden's Oak Cancer Centre appeal.

The centre aims to speed up the translation of world-leading research into breakthroughs in treatment and care, transforming the lives of cancer patients when it opens at the end of 2022.

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Supporters walked five or 15 miles across the country separately, rather than the regular route between the hospital in Chelsea and Sutton.

Antonia Dalmahoy, Managing Director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: “We are thrilled that The Banham Marsden March at Home event brought everyone together in spirit for one day to do something extraordinary for cancer patients worldwide.

"We are so grateful to our supporters for braving the not so sunny weather to help us raise vital funds for The Oak Cancer Centre.”

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is proud to be working with Banham as title sponsor for The Banham Marsden March for the sixth year.

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Charles Hallatt, Executive Chairman, Banham said: “We are delighted we have been able to safely come together for the Banham Marsden March at Home event, enabling the Charity to raise vital funds for The Oak Cancer Centre appeal.

"After the challenging circumstances we have all faced over the past year, this year's event has perhaps been the most important of all.

“Banham has proudly supported since 2015 with more than 360 members of our staff taking part to date, raising over £130,000.

"We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in yesterday's special virtual event, with almost 80 members of Team Banham walking in their local areas.”

For more information on the Oak Cancer Centre appeal visit here.