COUNTRYFILE presenter and walking enthusiast Sean Fletcher is inviting people from all over the UK to sign up for Bowel Cancer UK’s Walk Together fundraiser, to help support the charity’s vital services and lifesaving research.

Walk Together is a sponsored five-mile walk taking place around the country on June 12 to show support for those undergoing treatment, remember loved ones, and help stop people dying of bowel cancer in the future.

Supporters can walk five miles at their own pace in their local area, with their household or within small socially distanced groups. Those who are unable to do the walk on June 12 can complete it any time throughout June to suit them.

Sean has recorded a video for Bowel Cancer UK, in which he shares how he loves to visit local parks and walk along the River Thames in London. He adds that his favourite place to walk is Wales, where he recently visited Offa’s Dyke Path for ITV series Wonders of the Border.

Sean Fletcher says: “My mum sadly died of bowel cancer when she was only 54, which had a huge impact on my life. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but it shouldn’t be as it’s treatable and curable, especially when diagnosed early.

“Walking can be sociable or solitary, and can increase fitness without being too strenuous. As a proud patron of Bowel Cancer UK, I’d love you to join me in supporting Walk Together by organising your own memorable event.”

Luke Squires, Director of Fundraising at Bowel Cancer UK, says: “We’re really grateful to everyone who is supporting Walk Together this June, and to Sean for sharing the places he loves to walk. 

“Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or leisurely stroller, put on your walking shoes and walk five miles in a small group, with friends or family, or simply tread your own path this June. Everyone taking part will be walking together across the UK to raise money to help people affected by bowel cancer.”
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with someone diagnosed with the disease every 15 minutes. 

Bowel Cancer UK’s vision is a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer but we can’t achieve this alone. The money raised from Walk Together will help stop people dying of bowel cancer by funding the charity’s vital services and lifesaving research. In 2020, hundreds of our supporters took part in Walk Together across the country and raised over £150,000. To find out more, please visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk/walktogether