A former Uckfield man is planning to walk from London to Brighton this weekend to raise money to help beat prostate cancer.
Matthew Sims will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK in memory of his father Roland Sims, who died three years ago from the disease.
Matthew, whose mother, Jill, lives on Hempstead Fields, will be accompanied on the 100k (about 63 miles) endurance trek by Andrew Dopson from Five Ash Down.
Walkers will set off from Richmond Park in west London, to follow paths, trails and by-roads to finish in sight of the sea at Brighton Racecourse.
Most walkers are expected to complete the walk in around 20 to 30
hours and Matthew and Andrew have a target time of 24 hours.
They will be walking for most of that time but with rest stops of 15 to 20 minutes along the way.
In preparation for the big trek, they have walked from Uckfield to Beachy Head in around ten hours.
Matthew (33) now lives in Rochester but lived in Uckfield for 25 years. He is a former pupil of the community college and played d for Uckfield Rugby Club’s U16s.
He works in Maidstone for Tesco and is a special constable in Kent.
Matthew said: “I decided to take on the London to Brighton challenge after searching for an event to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK that would challenge me, and I’m delighted to be raising awareness and much needed money to help the fight against Prostate Cancer.”
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re thrilled that Matthew has decided to on the London to Brighton Challenge to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. It is with support like this that we can help provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by prostate cancer and fund research to help fight the disease.”
“With over 40,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK and one man dying every hour, it is our aim to help more men survive the disease and enjoy a better quality of life. We wish Matthew every success with his London to Brighton challenge.”
Tesco has agreed to top up whatever Matthew raises by 20 per cent.
He has a JustGiving page where you can donate and help raise money or you can donate via your mobile phone by texting MSRS48 £10 or any amount in whole pounds.
*Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. It finds answers by funding ground-breaking research, leads change by raising the profile of the disease and improving care. It supports men by providing vital information and services.
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