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Moray residents urged to 'Walk All Over Cancer' for New Year

By Ewan Malcolm

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MORAY residents are being asked to welcome in the New Year by supporting Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK has challenged people to walk 10,000 steps every day in March.
Cancer Research UK has challenged people to walk 10,000 steps every day in March.

The charity is urging people to sign up to 'Walk All Over Cancer' and get sponsored to walk 10,000 steps every day in March next year.

Those signing up will be helping to fund life-saving research while burning off those pesky excess Christmas calories.

Linda Summerhayes, a spokesperson for Cancer Research UK, said: "One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime, but all of us can support the research that will beat it. That's why we're urging people to play their part by making 'Walk All Over Cancer' their New Year's resolution.

"We all hope that 2022 has a more positive outlook. So why not give yourself a boost by committing to get more active and having an achievable goal to aim for - all in aid of a good cause."

Based on the average person's strides, 10,000 steps is equal to about five miles, so by the end of March participants will have clocked up more than 150 miles.

Participants can connect their online giving page with FitBit to automatically publish their step count and share their progress with their supporters throughout the month.

Linda added: "Cancer Research UK has been hit hard by Covid-19, but we will never stop striving to create better treatments. With around 33,200 people diagnosed every year in Scotland, cancer is as urgent an issue now as it's ever been.

"We need as many people as possible to Walk All Over Cancer, because the progress we make in the fight against the disease relies on every step, every pound and every person."

Cancer Research UK was able to spend over £30 million in Scotland last year on some of the UK's leading scientific and clinical research. The charity's ambition is to see three in four people survive their cancer by 2034.

To sign up and receive a free fundraising pack and t-shirt, click here.

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