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We are now reached 47,533 kilometers so we’re nearly at our target!
We want to keep going until October 31st though and see how far we can go, so please even when we get to 50,000 please don’t put your pedometres away.
Thanks to the hundreds of you that are regularly walking, cycling, swimming, climbing and taking part in many other forms of activity, we have now smashed the forty thousand milestone and are closing in on the magical 50K target. We still have 12 weeks left to chase down those last Ten Thousand Kilometres, and it’s great to see that even at this stage people are still joining our community, and setting themselves new challenges.
On Saturday 8th of September 2018 Penzance Leisure Centre will be supporting Annie with her aim of achieving 1000km to raise money for Colostomy UK. Annie will be cycling a marathon on our machines and we would like to invite individuals to run, walk, jog or cycle 1k, 3k, 5k or 10k alongside her! Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1849434222025316/?active_tab=about
The sunny weather has encouraged lots of you to clip your pedometers on and get active! As a team we have now travelled over 20,000 Kilometres and we have grown in size to be nearly 300 strong. You have also managed to so far raise over £6000. With over four months to go we’re quietly confident we’ll reach our target and also hopefully encourage even more people to donate.
We’ve had some fantastic feedback on the challenge.
“The challenge is inspiring, not only to raise funds for Colostomy UK, but to get people up and about, and not letting the colostomy rule your life.
In 2011 I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. Having been told it was not reversible , was a challenge, but never let it get me down. 2 years later I was diagnosed with Adrenal Cancer, and had my adrenal glands removed, and then in 2016 I was told I had a large mass growing on my Spleen and Pancreas. Yet another major operation, and my spleen, half pancreas and a kidney , were removed. Thus time it was discovered to be non cancerous.
Now in 2018 I am now exercising more than over the past few years. Now , having retired, I am now walking the dog 3 times a day, playing golf at least twice a week, and am also umpiring cricket matches. I am walking more than 40 miles each week. And plan to continue, to help reach the 50k goal” David Streatfield.
Thank you for your feedback David and well done to everyone taking part. Keep up the good work.
It has been another fantastic couple of weeks for our 50K challenge. We now have over 200 people signed up to take part. We have logged 3473km and have already raised over £3700. You are all putting an amazing amount of effort in to get the km covered and we are proud of each and every one of you.
Here is a few more stories to inspire you:
Phillip Mead – “I am doing the 50k challenge for Colostomy UK because I have been a Colostomate since March 2010. I was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in February 2010. Since then I have exercised mainly by walking. Last years total was just under 3000 miles and this was over 6 million steps. I have walked in Peru, Jordan, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Rome , Athens and the UK. This is my opportunity to help the Colostomy UK (a national charity) that offers support and advice to people with stomas and to their families, carers and friends.” – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/philmeade
Lara Rufus – “I aim to walk 75km over a period of time to contribute to the 50k colostomy challenge.” https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lara-rufus2
Jane Bland – “I am helping others and improving my fitness for Colostomy UK because I have been supported by Colostomy UK” https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/janeyjaneandwalt
Alex Wood – “I’m running Parkruns (5K) and 10Ks for Colostomy UK because I’ve come through the colostomy experience. I’m fortunate. I came through cancer and a colostomy and had to make a lot of readjustments but I’m now fit and healthy again and running regularly (if slowly!). I saw the Colostomy 50K Challenge as a chance to help others going through that experience.”
It is not just ostomates that are taking part – the 50K challenge is for everyone. We are delighted that Stoma Care Company Bullen have entered “Team Bullens” who have signed up to the Colostomy UK 50K Challenge to get a bit fitter, as well as raising money and awareness for Colostomy UK. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teambullens. The stoma care teams at Winchester Hospital and Colchester General Hospital have signed up as well.
It’s been 2 weeks since we launched our 50K challenge and the response has been phenomenal. Over 160 of you have signed up to take part, we’ve already tracked 638 Km and raised over £1200. Imagine what we can do in the next 6 months!!
The stories you are sharing are truly inspirational. We’ve been inspired by your sheer determination that you will not be defined by your stoma and just want to get back out there and return to normal life.
We would to thank each and everyone one of you who have signed up so far to take part and we look forward to sharing in your journeys.
Below are the stories of just some of you taking part.
Julia Duxon – I am training to run 5K in under 31mins 40 seconds for Colostomy UK because chemo and a stoma are not going to stop me !! – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julia-duxon
“My personal best time for running 5K (in recent years!) is 31 minutes and 40 seconds. I equalled this time 3 days before I had major surgery for bowel cancer on 30th January 2018. The surgery resulted in a permanent colostomy and subsequently I started 6 months of chemotherapy treatment on 19th March. My aim is to gradually and gently get back to running and beat my 5K personal best by the end of October this year, whilst raising money for Colostomy UK.
Training will have to be slow and gentle to begin with and training opportunities will be limited due to my chemo treatment regime, however any money you feel able to donate to Colostomy UK I’m sure will spur me on to achieve my goal. In the past few months I have received wonderful support and information from Colostomy UK , helping me get accustomed to my new life with a stoma, so I want to use this opportunity to give a little back.
I will also be logging all training Kms to add towards Colostomy UKs 50,000 Km challenge. Over a six-month period people will be running, walking, climbing, swimming, cycling, skating, crawling or jogging any number of metres to help them reach their target of 50,000 kilometres. “We are going to PROVE that having a stoma is not a barrier to being active!”
‘I want to give back and raise awareness for Colostomy UK because of support during stage 4 cancer diagnosis’ – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laura-mackenzie11
“In September 2017, I was diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer with first symptoms only in August 2017. I had a total pelvic exenteration on 1 November 2017 which was a 12 hour operation to remove my bladder, part of my bowel and all my other female reproductive and pelvic organs . This resulted in me having a permanent colostomy and urostomy created. Before this I knew nothing about what a stoma was. Colostomy UK has helped me lots with awareness and practicalities of living with 2 stomas. I am taking part in their collective 50K six month challenge to continue my improvement of my fitness level and to raise awareness. If you would like to support this, any donations are welcome”.
‘I am taking part in the colostomy UK 50k challenge for Colostomy UK because The Association is a great help to us ostomates’ – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julie-lorraine-humphreys
Walking, swimming & skating for Colostomy UK because I want to get active, whilst supporting Colostomy UK – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shelley-lawes2
I am going to hike 50 KM as a minimum for Colostomy UK because They support people living with a stoma – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lesley-greenhalgh2
‘I’m walking for Colostomy UK because I want to help others going through what I did’ – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/melissa50kcolostomyuk
jodie hookway – I am walking to raise funds for Colostomy UK because I am a proud ostomate and I have 2 stomas – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jodie-hookway
‘Since my operation in January this year I have walked over 130 miles and don’t intend to stop. Having a stoma has given me my freedom back and allows me to do the things I love’ – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jane-wheeler5
Susan Lines – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/susan-lines
Christine Bryden – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christine-bryden1
Pamela Kinvig – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pamela-kinvig
Richard Turner – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-turner62
Jacqui Sheppard – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jacqui-sheppard1