I’ll Do It For My Just Giving Charity – #themadchallenge

Whilst I hope to gain a fair level of fitness and lose some weight doing The Mad Challenge I have another motive. Yes, I’ll do it for a Just Giving Charity too. Hopefully I can raise more than my target over the month of the challenge, with your help.

I'll do it for charity the mad challenge #themadchallenge



This is why I’ll do it for my Just Giving charity

Here are some details of my chosen charity that I’d like you to sponsor me for.

The Mad Challenge is raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK is the largest independent cancer research charity in the world.

Created in February 2002 by the merger of Imperial Cancer Research Fund and The Cancer Research Campaign.

They specialise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

They are almost entirely funded by public and corporate donations.

You might recognise their name as they are associated with charity fundraising events such as the Race for Life and Stand Up To Cancer.

The slogan of Cancer Research UK is “We will beat cancer soon”

Here are some facts about cancer that you may not know

– There are over 100 known types of cancer.

– Cancer is where there is abnormal cell growth which can affect other parts of the body.

– In the 1970s, less than 25% of people survived cancer.

– Today around 50% of cancer sufferers survive.

– There are currently around 28 million people who have survived cancer.

– More people die of cancer than AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined.

– Over 8 million people a year die from cancer.


Famous people who have survived or are currently being treated for cancer –

Hugh Jackman

Sheryl Crow

Robert De Niro

Olivia Newton-John

Mr T

Kathy Bates

Rod Stewart

Sharon Osbourne

Lance Armstrong

Jane Fonda

Christina Applegate

Wanda Sykes

Nancy Regan

Cynthia Nixon

Kylie Minogue


Elizabeth Taylor

Brigitte Bardot

Marianne Faithfull

Cybill Shepherd

Carly Simon

Martin Kemp

Some famous people who died from cancer or complications caused by cancer –

Farrah Fawcett

Alex “Hurricane” Higgins

Dennis Hopper

Bob Marley

Jackie Onsassis

Babe Ruth

Graham Chapman

Pat Roach

Bill Hicks

Luciano Pavarotti

Donna Summer

Sir Alec Guinness

Eva Perón

Diana Dors

Harold Pinter

David Lloyd George

David Lean

Jessica Tandy

Bobby Robson

Anne of Cleves

Jade Goody

Walt Disney

Humphrey Bogart

John Thaw

Steve Prescott

Gordon Jackson

Fred Dibnah

Eva Cassidy

Steve Jobs

Dean Martin

Hugo Young

James Goldsmith

George Harrison

Barry Sheene

George Peppard

Roy Castle

Ian Porterfield

Bill France Jr

Pete Postlethwaite

George Melly

Cardinal Basil Hume

Christopher Sievey (Frank Sidebottom)

Bobby Moore

Nat King Cole

Sammy Davis Jr

Ulysses S. Grant

Philip Larkin

Gary Cooper

Edward VIII

Joe DiMaggio

Duke Ellington

Claude Monet

Unfamous people who have died from cancer –

Millions and millions


This includes my sister who was aged 17.

Gone too soon.


Please visit my donation page to sponsor me in aid of Cancer Research UK.

If you decide to take part in The Mad Challenge then please think about doing it for charity too.

Your sponsor money will go via a JustGiving page. Just Giving are professionals in collecting charitable funds and passing them directly onto Cancer Research UK. As a result you will not donate money to me but your kind donation goes to my charity choice. Whilst Cancer Research UK are one of the largest British charities they are delighted to accept the global giving of donations. If you are a UK taxpayer then please select gift aid with your donation. This will not cost you anymore but will boost my charity collection funds by 25% of the amount you have given. Also, please don’t forget to declare your donation on your tax return.

Thanks for reading. Please support me with comments or sponsoring me for Cancer Research.

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