CANCER RESEARCH UK was recently chosen by Buckingham Palace as one of only four charities to fly the Commonwealth Flag at the peak of the four highest mountains in the United Kingdom.
Cancer survivors and supporters of the charity scaled all 978 metres of Scafell Pike, in Cumbria, to fly the flag in a unique celebration of Commonwealth Day.
The flag was flown at the peaks of the four highest mountains in the United Kingdom and the Cancer Research UK team made their Scafell Pike contribution on March 10th.
Around 16 Cancer Research UK supporters from throughout the UK were invited to take part in the once in a lifetime opportunity as a thank you for their commitment and fundraising efforts for the charity.
One of those chosen to fly the flag was Manchester entrepreneur Vikas Shah, 33 who is also Executive Patron of the Cancer Research UK “More Tomorrows” campaign to build the new Manchester Cancer Research Centre. ”I was extremely honoured to join Cancer Research UK on this important day,” said Vikas “I was humbled and inspired by the people who joined us on this climb, the dedication of the volunteers, scientists and team at Cancer Research UK is truly incredible. It was a hard climb, but hugely rewarding; with plenty of time to reflect on why we all support this cause.”
The climb took around three hours and the flag was flown from 10am to Midnight on Commonwealth Day.
Head of Volunteer Fundraising at Cancer Research UK, Simon O’Leary, who was part of the team carrying the flag, said: “We are extremely honoured to have been asked to get involved in this venture.
“Our supporters are incredibly important to us and we saw this as real opportunity to say thank you to them and involve them in something historic.”
Cancer Research UK funds world-class research and clinical trials throughout the North West and last year spent nearly £21 million supporting the work of doctors, nurses and scientists at hospitals and major universities in the region.
Every hour more than four people in the North West are diagnosed with cancer.