Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - March 2019
Ovarian cancer is the biggest gynaecological killer of women in the UK, with UK survival rates among the worst in Europe.
Three quarters of women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making treatment more difficult. This is why awareness is so important, to drive forward improvements in diagnosis, treatment and survival.
Here, we share a message from Ovarian Cancer Action on the importance of raising awareness and easy ways in which everyone can help save lives.Read more
9 Harry Potter Landmarks on our Ride the Night Edinburgh Route
As Harry Potter fans know, Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, is home to JK Rowling and the birthplace of her books. Several of the city’s sites contributed to the series that changed our world, providing inspiration for settings and names of several important characters – and a comfy place for the writer to sit and stay as she wrote the books. We have no need to apparate to see these nine wizarding wonders, as we cycle right by them on our one and only Women V Cancer Ride the Night Edinburgh.
Read this blog post to find out which nine wizarding landmarks we pass on the Ride the Night Edinburgh route.Read more
12 Easy Pancake Recipes From Around The World
Happy Pancake Day!
In celebration of this delicious day, we thought we’d mix up the lemon and sugar for some international inspiration. True, Pancake Day isn’t celebrated everywhere around the world, but pancakes themselves certainly are. And the best thing is, they take all different shapes, tastes and sizes as you skip from country to country.
So if you want to try out something new today, get a mouthful of these...read more
5 Fundraising Ideas For Valentine's Day
Love it or not, it's the month of love! A great month to refresh your fundraising methods with a lick of pink and red glitter paint! Bombarded by all the roses and love hearts, people around us (couples and singles alike) may be feeling the pressure of trying to think of something different to give and do for Valentine's Day. So we're going to help you help them out with five festive fundraising ideas that will provide couples with a unique celebration and you with more funds!read more
Why Andi Darbey is Riding the Night
Andi was given the frightening news that she had breast cancer in 2018 and the first thing she thought of was her two-year-old son, then of her boyfriend. Being fit and healthy, except for feeling like something wasn’t quite right with her right breast, the diagnosis came as a shock and she faced a gruelling series of treatments for the rest of the year. Now, Andi feels like she’s one of the lucky ones and just shy of one year after her diagnosis, she will cycle 100km through London at night in support of Women V Cancer. Here, Andi shares her story.Read more
How CoppaFeel! helped me discover my breast cancer early
Sophie discovered she had breast cancer in 2016 after she saw CoppaFeel!'s founder on television discussing the importance of boob checking. It was only after starting to coppafeel that she found something unusual, went to her GP and was able to get it diagnosed early and treated quickly. Here, Sophie tells her story.Read more
Charity Feature: CoppaFeel!
We are delighted to announce that we have now partnered with the amazing CoppaFeel!, who are joining us as the Walk the Night 2019 breast cancer charity! This incredible charity is dedicated to saving the lives of women and men by educating people across the UK on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. In this charity feature, CoppaFeel! share more about their mission and how they use the funds raised for them.Read more
Video: Merry Christmas and Thank you from Women V Cancer
We just wanted to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year – and to thank all the amazing ladies in our Women V Cancer community. Thanks to every single one of you for making 2018 truly incredible!
All your hard work does wonders to support thousands of women affected by breast, cervical and ovarian cancers and here, the charities say a jolly big THANK YOU. Please watch this short video and always remember how incredible you are!Watch the video
Walk the Night video
Get a glimpse of what you're in for when you sign up the epic charity night event, Walk the Night! This brilliant video from Walk the Night 2018 sums up this incredible challenge perfectly!
Featuring amazing footage from Walk the Night 2018, interviews with some of the super inspiring men and women who took part and words from the Walk the Night 2018 charities, this video will make your day! Watch it below and if you were one of the challengers who joined us for the half and full night marathon in July 2018, see if you're in it!Watch the video
An Interview with our Everest Mountain Guide: Meet Dawa
To celebrate the recent launch of our Mount Everest Base Camp Trek 2020, we have taken the amazing opportunity to chat with our local ground handler in the Himalayas, Dawa Geljen Sherpa and let us tell you, he’s one of the most inspiring and charming people you will ever meet. Having grown up in Nepal, a mostly mountainous country, he has always had a passion for trekking and exploring nature and has been a professional mountaineer and trekking leader for 35 years.
In this interview, Dawa tells us more about his life in Nepal, the culture of the local people and the highlights of the Dream Challenges Mount Everest base Camp Trek.Read more
Fundraising with a difference: The Worcester Saucy Women
2018 has seen a group of incredibly inspiring women all come together to create the Worcester Saucy Women Calendar 2019 in support of Women V Cancer. Inspired by the movie Calendar Girls, Tania Skerritt and Jody Murray, who both lost close family members to cancer, organised a day brimming with the Women V Cancer community spirit, where 108 amazing ladies took part in a naked photo shoot at Whitbourne Hall and Longlands Farm.
Out of it came The Worcester Saucy Women 2019 Calendar, currently on sale with all proceeds going towards Tania’s and Jody’s Women V Cancer Cycle Costa Rica 2019 challenge to raise money and awareness for Women V Cancer. Here, Jodi tells us how it all came about.Read more
Why we Race the Sun: Elijah's story
Our three-activity team challenges, Race the Sun - Lake District, Isle of Wight and Offa's Dyke, support the invaluable work of the children's charity Action Medical Research, who are forever committed to developing effective treatments and cures for devastating illnesses that threaten and hinder children's lives. One of the charity's latest priorities is to save the lives of premature babies by investigating ways to identify life-threatening diseases sooner, before it becomes too late. Here, we tell Elijah's story.Read more
Why Jo Whitely is taking part in Ride the Night Edinburgh
Jo Whitely lost her mum to cancer only two weeks after she recovered from breast cancer herself. Now Jo has signed up to Women V Cancer Ride the Night Edinburgh to help us put an end to the disease once and for all. Here, she tells her story.Read more
I'm taking part in Ride the Night after my battle with breast cancer
Deborah’s 2018 didn’t get off to a good start. After finding a lump on her breast in January, Deborah was diagnosed with cancer a month later and has spent most of the year in and out of hospital, battling the devastating disease that affects one in eight women. Now thankfully on the mend and on track to a full recovery, Deborah is taking part in Women V Cancer Ride the Night to give back to a cause that has been an invaluable support to her throughout her journey. Here, Deborah shares her story.Read more
New Merchandise for Women V Cancer 2019
For 2019, our professional sportswear merchandise supplier, Scimitar, are delighted to offer the Women V Cancer Ride the Night cycling jerseys in Women's Fit for the first time, having previously been only available in unisex.
Not only does this new range give you a more tailored feminine fit, but the team of Scimitar designers have also developed two stunning designs for both Women V Cancer Ride the Night London and Edinburgh challenges next year. We can’t wait to see you all wearing them as you cycle 100km through the night for Women V Cancer!Read more
8 Ways To Fundraise This Autumn
As the summer air cools down, thinking of different ways to raise vital funds for the charities you’re supporting may well become harder and harder. Shorter days and bleaker weather can make people feel less excited about spending time outdoors. But these autumnal fundraising ideas will give your efforts another surge of inspiration and help you attract even more donors. Don’t let your efforts fall for fall.Read more
How Regain helped Steve power through his paralysis
18 year-old sports lover Steve became paralysed from the waist down in a swimming accident. His life, once full of adventure and sporting activities, was suddenly turned upside down as he realised he would have to let go of the hobbies that shaped him. Then he reached out to Regain. Here's how this amazing charity flipped Steve's life right back around.Read more
Women V Cancer Ride the Night 2018 Video
Get a glimpse of what you're in for when you sign up to the incredible Women V Cancer Ride the Night! This fabulous ten minute video from Ride the Night 2018 sums up our flagship Women V Cancer challenge perfectly!
Featuring amazing footage from our latest Ride the Night, interviews with some of the super inspiring ladies who took part and words from the Women V Cancer charities themselves, this video will make your day! Watch it below and if you were one of the ladies who joined us for Ride the Night 2018, see if you're in it!Watch the video
Massive thank you to Sogud who've donated £2000 healthy snacks to Walk the Night
We'd like to say a huge thank you to Sogud, a Scottish micro business based near Glasgow, who have donated healthy snacks valued at over £2000 to our brave fundraisers, who are taking on the first ever Walk the Night challenge on 14 July 2018 to support people affected by breast and prostate cancers.read more
Why Natalie Hadley is walking the night
14 July 2018 will see well over a thousand super inspiring men and women walking either a half or a full marathon around central London at night to raise critical funds and awareness of charities Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK. Walking a marathon through London at night is no small feat, but the challenge is well worth it to support such an invaluable cause. Here’s a message from Natalie Hadley, one of our amazing Walk the Night heroes explains why she’s taking on this epic night marathon.Read More
How Tim regained his independence
Tim's independence was lost in an instant when he broke his neck and became tetraplegic in a sporting accident. Then he reached out to Regain and they changed his life. In this blog post, Tim tells us his story.Read more
An interview with a Husky Sledding challenger
Emily took on our Husky Sledding Challenge in 2018 and she's still revelling in her unforgettable memories from sledding through a landscape a world apart from anything she'd ever seen before. We took the fantastic opportunity to interview her about her experience. Here, she divulges everything, from her training beforehand, to her favourite dog, to the challenge of setting up camp.Read more
When Carolyn was diagnosed in February 2017 with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (a form of breast cancer), she was in shock having considered herself fit and healthy with no increased risk factors or previous family history. With her surgery taking place a month later, Carolyn is still in recovery with ongoing treatment taking place until shortly before joining Walk the Night itself. Here, Carolyn tells her story.read more
Why we Race the Sun: Kai's story
Our three-activity team challenge, Race the Sun - Lake District, supports the invaluable work of the children's charity Action Medical Research, who are forever committed to developing effective treatments and cures for devastating illnesses that threaten and hinder children's lives. One of the charity's latest priorities involves helping children like Kai, whose rare and serious lung disease holds him back from achieving his dreams. This is Kai's story.Read more
Women V Cancer Ride the Night: A poem by Marie Unsworth
A beautiful poem from one of our amazing Women V Cancer heroes, Marie Unsworth, who here describes her experience riding the night in 2018. Marie is one of the 3253 overwhelmingly inspiring women who cycled 104 km through London this May in support of the three Women V Cancer charities, Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
The 26 May ride, which Marie cycled, was particularly challenging (to +say the least) due to the insane weather. Marie and her fellow Women V Cancer challengers rode through a dramatic thunder storm and torrential downpours - and all with smiles on their faces. Her poem below sums it up perfectly.read more
Messages from three of our Walk the Night 2018 heroes
Walking a marathon through London at night is no small feat, but over a thousand men and women have already committed to this epic challenge to support the incredible charities Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK. Here are a few messages from some of our super inspiring Walk the Night 2018 heroes explaining why they've joined the cause.Read more
Charity Feature: Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK is an incredibly important charity with the simple yet essential mission to put an end to prostate cancer, which has recently overtaken breast cancer as the biggest cancer killer in the UK. It has never been more critical to work towards making the disease history and Prostate Cancer UK gets closer to achieving this every day.
Here, Prostate Cancer UK tells us more about their important work as a reminder of what we do our challenges for.Read more
9 Sizzling Summer Fundraisers
When the temperature rises, so do the spirits and summer time is the perfect time to hold a fundraising event (or nine) – there’s so much more room outside! Have a look at the ideas below and see if sum-erve them could give your fundraising a major boost.
Women V Cancer Charity Feature: Ovarian Cancer Action
Ovarian Cancer Action is on a mission to fund research that saves the lives of thousands of women. This incredible charity is dedicated to beating ovarian cancer once and for all. They, together with Breast Cancer Care and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, form Women V Cancer, which first started in 2010 and has since supported countless women across the UK through numerous women-only cycling challenges, including Ride the Night, Cycle Costa Rica, Cycle Milan to Venice and more. Here, Ovarian Cancer Action trust tells us a bit more about their amazing work and how they use the funds raised for them through the Women V Cancer challenges.
Charity Feature: Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care is an amazing charity dedicated to their vision that every person affected by breast cancer gets the best treatment, information and support possible. They, together with Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action, form Women V Cancer, which first started in 2010 and has since gotten thousands of women cycling in the UK and around the world to support countless women affected by cancer and strive to put an end to the disease.
Breast Cancer Care have also joined forces with our charity partner Prostate Cancer UK to get both men and women standing up to cancer together on our Walk The Night 2018 challenge in London.
Here, Breast Cancer Care tells us more about their important work as a reminder of what we do our challenges for.read more
We’re Walking The Night As A Family To Beat Cancer: Teresa's Story
Having battled through breast cancer in 2004, Teresa has jumped at the chance to take on a family challenge and Walk The Night with her loved ones to give something back to the charities, who helped her throughout her treatment and recovery. Here, Teresa tells us her story.read more
Cycling Against Cancer - Women V Cancer Explained
We first set up Women V Cancer in 2010, with two main aims: to help put an end to women’s cancers and to get more women on their bikes. Since then, over ten thousand amazing women have taken on one (or several!) of our Women V Cancer challenges and have together raised over £12 million for the Women V Cancer charities. In this blog post, we explain what Women V Cancer is all about.Read more
Why you shouldn’t stress about training
We know a lot of you can get quite worried about training for our charity challenges. Perhaps you're struggling to work out as much as you wanted to due to work commitments, weather, children or whatever else may be on your plate!
Time is precious and before you know it, the date of your challenge is looming and you start freaking out. But please, don't worry. This happens to loads of people - more than you might think. And because it probably means more to you coming from fellow challengers rather than us, we thought we'd share a couple of wonderful and very inspiring messages from Natalie Olley and Jo Forster, two of our incredible Women V Cancer heroes.
Here's why you have no need to worry.Read more
Dream Challenges 2019 Brochure Out Now!
Packed full of dreams just waiting to come true, our brand new brochure for 2019 is hot off the press and ready for you to request! There's nothing like having a beautiful booklet to pore over, post-it and highlight to your heart's content. Request yours now by clicking "request a brochure" at the top of our homepage.read more
Women V Cancer Charity Feature: Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is an absolutely invaluable charity supporting thousands of women affected by cervical cancer with the simple mission to make the disease history. They, together with Breast Cancer Care and Ovarian Cancer Action, form Women V Cancer, which first started in 2010 and has since supported countless women across the UK through numerous women-only cycling challenges, including Ride the Night, Cycle Costa Rica, Cycle Milan to Venice and more. Here, Jo's Cervical Cancer trust tells us a bit more about their amazing work and how they use the funds raised for them through the Women V Cancer challenges.read more
Why we Race the Sun: Lily's story
Our three-activity team challenge, Race the Sun - Isle of Wight, supports the invaluable work of the children's charity Action Medical Research, who are forever committed to developing effective treatments and cures for devastating illnesses that threaten and hinder children's lives. One of the charity's latest priorities involves helping save children like Lily, who suffer from BPAN. Here, we tell Lily's story.read more
My family has inspired me to Ride the Night: Nadean's story
The cruelty of cancer has unfortunately played a prevalent role in thirty-three year old, Nadean Spedding’s life for as long as she can remember, watching various family members battle against the illness. She's decided to take part in Ride the Night to rise up against cancer and support countless women through the work of the three Women V Cancer charities. Here, Nadean tells us her story.read more
Britain's Hidden Gems: 6 places you need to see
As born explorers, it can come around to March time and we’re getting very itchy feet. Perhaps it’s from the practical frostbite, perhaps it’s from sticking them under the radiator for too long, but we have a sneaky suspicion that it’s because the UK winter can bring us down. It goes on way too long and just as we think it’s about to get warmer, it hits us with another cold spell and bout of snow.
Therefore, it never ceases to surprise us how beautiful the UK can actually be. From the dazzling bright lights of London to the simply stunning sunsets over the sea, to the hidden lakes, the forest trails, the patchwork fields, the valley streams and the grassy peaks. And let’s not forget the cute little brick bridges, like something out of Postman Pat.
We live in a wonderful part of the world; so beautiful, in fact, that we're dedicating a blog post to the British gems. Here are six places in Britain you need to seeRead more
9 Eggs-cellent Fundraising Ideas For Easter
The year is flying by. Can you believe it’s Easter-time already? It feels only yesterday that it was Christmas! With a new season comes a new fundraising theme and so we’ve come up with nine eggs-citing ideas to inspire your charitable efforts...Read more
I'm riding the night for my granddad and best friend: Clare's story
When Clare Bonser first signed up for the Women V Cancer Ride the Night charity challenge in 2014, she made a firm commitment to raise money for women’s cancer charities, but little did she realise it would become such a big part of her life. Four years on, she’s taken part in Ride The Night every May and 2018 will mark her fifth in a row!Read Clare's story
An Interview with our desert guru
Theo Peeters is our desert expert. Having led challenging treks across the ancient Jordan desert for several years now, it’s safe to say he knows a fair bit about the mysterious land and the legends surrounding it. We enjoy the privilege of having Theo as our ground handler for our Dream Challenges Jordan Desert Trek and we’ve taken the fabulous opportunity to pick his brains about what challengers can really expect when trekking from the Dead Sea to the ancient city of Petra.read more
Your guide to our Walk the Night celebs
Walk the Night 2018 has attracted incredible support from over a thousand men and women and we’re overwhelmed by your enthusiasm to pull on your walking shoes and support the two invaluable charities, Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK.
Just to be clear, every single one of our Dream Challenges participants is a hero - and if it were up to us, you’d all be famous!
We’ve had a few of you asking which amazing celebrities are joining our night marathon on 14 July 2018, so here's who you can expect to see:Read More
Who’s coming when? Your guide to our Ride the Night celebs
Ride The Night 2018 has attracted incredible support from thousands of women and we’re overwhelmed by your enthusiasm year upon year, challenge upon challenge, to saddle up and support the Women V Cancer charities.
Just to be clear, every single one of our Dream Challenges participants is a hero - and if it were up to us, you’d all be famous!
We’ve had a few of you asking in the Ride The Night Facebook Group which amazing celebrities are coming on which night, so here’s who you can expect to see:Read More
Walk The Night Top Training Tips From Celebrity Coach, Faisal Abdalla
Faisal Abdalla, top London fitness coach, Official Trainer for Nike and Personal Trainer to Ellie Goulding and other A-list celebs, is taking part in Walk The Night 2018 and we could not be more excited! Here, he gives us his top tips on how to train your mind and core for our epic charity night marathon around London in July.read more
Your 2018 goal: how to see it through
Let’s face it: we all have something we want to change about ourselves and our lives.
Whether it’s something physical, like losing weight or becoming stronger; something to do with our emotional well-being, such as building on our self-confidence; or ticking something off an ever-growing bucket list, such as completing a marathon or travelling the world… But these changes can be hard to make. There’s always something holding us back, something in our way that causes us to shrug our shoulders and think, meh, I’ll do it later.
We cannot let that happen. So here, we’re giving a few tips on how to see your goals through.read more
How Prostate Cancer UK Enabled My Fast Recovery: Gary's Story
61-year-old Wildlife Photographer, Gary Davis, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, when he took a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. His fast recovery was nothing short of remarkable - and he owes his thanks to Prostate Cancer UK for making it possible. Here, Gary tells us his story.Read More
An Interview With A Nepalese Mountain Guide: Meet Dawa
A glimpse of what it's really like to live in Nepal: In this interview, our Nepalese mountain tour guide, Dawa, tells us more about growing up in Nepal, the culture of the local people and the highlights of Dream Challenges' Hike the Himalayas.Read more
How Breast Cancer Care supported Joanna through her breast cancer
Joanna Clark, of Long Hanborough in Oxfordshire, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2016. In this moving interview with the Women V Cancer charity, Breast Cancer Care, she tells how the charity supported her through her recovery and helped her stay strong for her daughter.Read More
I'm riding the night in memory of my mum: Jo's story
When Jo Thompson’s mum, June Slaney, passed away in 2005 from ovarian cancer, aged just 62, Jo and her family were devastated. Jo’s mum didn’t know the warning signs of ovarian cancer and was diagnosed at a late stage, which came as a complete shock to her family. Here, Jo tells us her story.Read more
We’re Walking The Night To Celebrate Mum’s Breast Cancer Recovery: Joanne's Story
When Joanne and her husband, Andrew, went for their regular medical checkup, never did they think that irregular marks would be found on Joanne’s breast and that a hospital referral would follow. As a healthy 52-year-old, Joanne hadn’t displayed any normal symptoms of breast cancer and she was shocked to discover that the test results came back with an early-stage diagnosis at the start of the summer.
Joanne’s daughter, Jennifer, who studies at St Andrew’s University, was on hand over the summer to help care for her mum in the lead up to the mastectomy in October 2016. Here, Jennifer tells us her story.read more
ChallengeHer: Time to Woman Up
I don’t know about you, but whenever I try to motivate or challenge myself, I tell myself to ‘man up’ or ‘grow some balls’. I do this a lot, especially in the winter when it’s cold and dark and I need extra motivation to let go of my hot water bottle. The other day I was doing just this - firing up my strength to go training by telling myself to man up - when I realised, that phrase isn’t empowering at all. What does being a man have to do with bravery? And why are so many of the phrases associated with being strong male-oriented? Needless to say, I immediately altered my thoughts to tell myself instead to ‘woman up’.
The truth is, there is no truth behind the sayings ‘grow some balls’ and ‘man up’. Women are just as strong and brave as men and here’s why...read more
Having a loved one go through cancer was something that 22-year-old Sian Hill never thought she would experience. Then her dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Here, Sian tells her story and her reason for taking part in Walk the Night.Read More
I'm riding the night for my daughter after my battle with cervical cancer: Zoe's story
Zoe was diagnosed with cervical cancer three years ago, during week 34 of her pregnancy. After the shock diagnosis, Zoe had a hysterectomy and a C-section during one operation and has since made an amazing recovery. Here, Zoe tells us her story.Read more
Beating Breast Cancer Inspired Me To Walk The Night: Sue's Story
Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2017, when a mammogram revealed three tumours in one of her breasts. Less than one year on, she's committed to living life to the full and appreciating the people around her more than ever. Here, Sue tells us her story and her reason for taking part in Walk The Night 2018.Read more
A Massive Thank You From Breast Cancer Care
Video: The team at Breast Cancer Care sends a massive thank you to all our wonderful Women V Cancer heroes for supporting their invaluable cause.watch the video
12 Ways to Fundraise This Christmas
It’s that time of year again! The season of goodwill and cheer, of love and giving, of feeding the world... so you may have guessed, it’s a jolly good time to up your fundraising game.
All the colourful lights, Christmas carols and mulled wine help to encourage people to be more charitable.
So make the most of this magical time of year and try out these 12 festive ways to fundraise.Read More
A Christmas Message From Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust
Video: The team at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust expresses just how much all our Women V Cancer heroes have helped the charity and the thousands of women they directly support.
Breaking News: Dream Challenges - Altogether Wow
In the words of the 90s smash hit by The Farm, Dream Challenges and Action for Charity are ‘All together now’! After much deliberation we’ve dispensed with the Action for Charity name to trade as simply ‘Dream Challenges’. It’s just a name change, everything else about us stays the same… the superb range of challenges, the expert knowledge and the friendly team. There is just one exception….Read more