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On May 1st, 26 comedians are walking 84 miles along Hadrians wall to raise money for ovarian cancer. Starting in solway and finishing in Newcastle.
We asked Nick Banks a few questions about the walk and why they’re doing it.
Which of the comedians do you think are most likely to struggle?
Nick: I think everyone will be fine this year as we have added an extra day, last year i think some people under estimated how tough it was actually going to be so people are training for it this year.
What are people doing to train?
Nick: Treadmills, walking just getting used to the distance, as after a few days it really takes a toll on your legs, blisters and cramps
Have you personally been affected by ovarian cancer?
Nick: Personally i have not but a few of the guys who are walking have been, the most notable one is comedian Matt Fong who sadly lost his mum Allison to the disease a few years ago, the walk is in memory of her with all the money raised going to ovacome
Tell us more bit about Ovacome
Nick: Ovacome is a charity founded on personal experience. The founder, Sarah Dickinson, herself an ovarian cancer sufferer, wanted other women to be able to access clear, reliable information, support and advice. The work they do today still reflects her vision.
They are a registered charity established in 1996 with over 5,000 members that provides support and information for womenaffected by ovarian cancer, their families and friends. It is free to join.
They provide a nurse-led telephone and email support service staffed by medical professionals that can answer clinical questions, talk through the issues, provide emotional support, advice and chat. They are here for people affected by ovarian cancer.
Is there anything anyone can do to help?
Nick: Yeah, they can donate if they would like to help us raise money, they can follow us on Twitter and Facebook and just share it around. The more people know that know about it, the more we raise awareness and the more money we will hopefully raise. We are also desperatley looking for a mini-bus and a van to ferry people around and carry all the gear.
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