90 participants took part in the Climb of Life on 4 November as the UK business products industry once again went the extra mile to raise funds for the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).
While 2022 is the 35th year of the Climb of Life, this year it was christened ‘Sweet 16’ to mark the 16th year the event has supported the ICR. Tackling cold, damp and windy conditions in England’s Lake District, eight groups of hikers conquered a total of ten peaks between them, raising almost £51,500 ($59,100) in the process. In total, the Climb of Life has now donated more than £1.75 million to the cancer research charity.
Leading the fundraising efforts this year were OPI, Hamelin and EVO, with Avery UK and Office Power also recognised by organiser Philip Lawson for raising significant amounts.
Richard Hoey, ICR’s Director of Communications, said: “It is fundraising like the Climb of Life that enables our scientists to continue finding new approaches to cancer treatment. It is hard to pronounce, but we have recently found working with the Royal Marsden that the experimental drug guadecitabine may reverse a cancer’s resistance to immunotherapy – making it sensitive to treatment again. This gives new hope to a number of patients in the later stages of the disease and possibly prolonging their lives.”
OPI Director Janet Bell thanked all those from around the world that have supported OPI’s fundraising this year. “It is really appreciated and you have helped a fantastic charity advancing cancer treatments globally,” she said.
Make a note in your diaries – the next Climb of Life will be held on 10 November 2023.