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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.

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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.

Prostate Cancer UK have also joined forces with our charity partner Breast Cancer Care to get both men and women standing up to cancer together on our Walk The Night 2018 challenge in London.

Here, Prostate Cancer UK tells us more about their important work as a reminder of what we do our challenges for.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 see

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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...

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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:

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8 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...

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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I'm walking the night for my dad: Sian's Story

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Altogether WOW

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….

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A Great Big Festive Thank You From Ovarian Cancer Action

It has been another incredible year for Women V Cancer and we wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you from everyone here at Ovarian Cancer Action.

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