Thousands help to beat cancer at Pretty Muddy at Willen Lake

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16 September 2019


Thousands of people united against cancer on Saturday 7th September by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy at Milton Keynes' Willen Lake.

Nearly 2,200 people of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes showed their incredible commitment to the cause as they took their place at the start line to help beat cancer sooner.

Now organisers of the event are sending a heart-felt message of thanks to everyone who took part and all their supporters.

And they’re asking them to make every step count by returning their fundraising as soon as possible so that it can be used to fund life-saving research.

Courtney Culverhouse, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager, said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to people like the people of Milton Keynes who joined the fight at Pretty Muddy. We’d like to say a special thank you to everyone that took part in this event or Race for Life in June, as Milton Keynes is the town that has raised the most money through Race for Life this year in the region – a staggering £276,000!

“By taking part and raising money, our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into new, better treatments for patients in Milton Keynes and across the UK and we’d like to thank everyone who took part in the event on Saturday.

“I’d also like to say thank you to all our suppliers and volunteers, including Hertfordshire 4x4 Response, Milton Keynes Sea Cadets and Milton Keynes PureGym – not to mention all the individual volunteers. We simply could not have put the event on without them!”

“The atmosphere on the day was hugely moving - full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter - as people came together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived. Race for Life and Pretty Muddy offer a unique opportunity for people to unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.

“Now we’re asking everyone who took part, and all the friends, family and colleagues who pledged to donate, to return the money they’ve raised as soon as possible. To date, we have already raised £137,000 and money raised - whether it’s £10 or £100 - will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.”

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Fundraising money can be paid online, by phone, by cheque or in person at a Cancer Research UK shop.

For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit raceforlife.org.



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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

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    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

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    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

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    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Fayre and Square.

  • Howe Park Wood

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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

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    There is a café at Howe Park Wood serving cakes, drinks and cold foods.

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