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Best foot forward - Jonathan Dimbleby on his fundraising walk through Greenwich

The broadcaster aims to raise £50,000 for the Dimbleby Cancer Care trust

By Kristian Brunt-Seymour

Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby is donning his best walking boots and taking on an endurance challenge around Greenwich and London this June to raise funds for his charity, the Dimbleby Cancer Care trust.

The trust was founded in honour of his father and broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, who died 50 years ago this year aged 52. It is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London giving practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers. 


As Chair of the charity, Jonathan is leading Dimbleby Cancer Care’s 50/50/50 event on Friday 5 June - a 50km walk through London during the night that aims to raise £50,000 on the trust's 50th anniversary.

Greenwich is one of the areas which Jonathan will be passing through including Greenwich Park and Greenwich foot tunnel.


“This year kick starts our charity’s 50th anniversary and we want to mark the occasion with a great event that also raises lots of money", Jonathan explained, "I’ve never walked around London at night. It’s a long way but I am really looking forward to it – though I haven’t spoken to my feet about it yet!"


“We are starting at St Thomas’ Hospital which is where my father spent his last days" continued Jonathan", "His only complaint was the pillows were too hard. This was the stimulus that made us decide to make a contribution to the needs of people living with cancer. I hope that lots of sympathisers will join me to raise the kind of money needed to sustain this work and boost our ‘Care for the Future’ appeal.”

Starting in the evening, the walk’s route takes in other famous London landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf and Greenwich.  The event, which is sponsored by Leon, starts at St Thomas’ hospital and finishes at Guy’s hospital, the two hospitals where the charity provides its services.

Participants can register as individuals or in groups to take part in the event. If they register before March 5 they will receive a discount on the registration fee.

All the money raised will go towards the charity’s ‘Care for the Future’ appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 over the next two years so that it can continue and expand its work within the cancer community.

To sponsor Jonathan please visit To take part in the event or for more information please visit:

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