June 17, 2019
Staff, family and friends from J Browne took part in the recent 10km March for Men event for Prostate Cancer UK at the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. Now in its third year, the charity’s flagship walking event has grown rapidly since its inception in 2016 and has seen over 10,000 people raise over £3.3 million.
We marched in support of staff members, friends, family and all who have been affected by the condition. We particularly wanted to support our colleague Nigel Williams. Nigel, who joined J Browne in 1990 and is a respected and popular member of the team, was diagnosed with the condition last year. This was J Browne’s second year ‘Marching for Men’. Our participation was prompted by Nigel and his wife Cath’s idea to use the event to raise both awareness and vital funds for the charity. This gave friends and work colleagues a practical and fun way of helping.
Thanks to some fantastic fundraising from the J Browne team including great work in particular from Ellie Marriott, Amba Treadwell, Jane Shelvey, Andrew Courtney and many others, the total raised by the team came to a fantastic £12,500 with the Company matching all funds raised. We have collectively raised over £25,000 for this wonderful charity in 2 years.
Lisa Blundell, Joanna Barry and Ellie Marriott set the early pace but before long they were pegged back by Katie Brown, Eleanor Philpott and Elizabeth Pettit. Paul McMahon, Tony Silver and Tim Noonan set a slightly more relaxed pace and made it to the finish looking relaxed, unflappable and ready for the evening!
Following the walk, we retired to a private barge in the Olympic Park for some drinks and finger food where our Chairman Jeremy Browne’s 6-month old son Daniel stole the show. It was a great venue for a catch up with familiar faces and there was a fantastic atmosphere of goodwill around the event.
Over 40 of the J Browne team past and present along with family and friends participated in the event. People travelled long distances to get involved with our Non-Executive Director, Dave Wardman and his wife Julie making the journey from Yorkshire for the event.
Prostate UK chief executive, Angela Culhane, added: “We are constantly inspired by the incredible men, women and children who come out to support us, each with their own story and personal challenges to conquer. We will be proud to walk side by side with them and together we can add to the real momentum building in the fight against this disease.
“The vital next step is to fund more ground-breaking research and find the tools needed for a screening programme, in order to catch more prostate cancers early and save more lives.”
Anyone who wishes to support this fantastic charity, please visit their website at https://prostatecanceruk.org/