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Pancreatic Cancer UK named Charity of the Year for 2020 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Pancreatic Cancer UK has been appointed the official Charity of the Year for the 2020 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

The partnership with Prudential RideLondon is the largest in the charity’s history. The money raised from the partnership will fund more specialist nurses who provide vital support and information to people affected by pancreatic cancer when they need it the most.

The number of people calling the Pancreatic Cancer UK Support Line – the only one of its kind in the UK run by specialist nurses – has doubled in the past five years as more and more people seek support in coping with the impact of the deadly disease. One in four people with pancreatic cancer die within a month of diagnosis – making it the quickest killing cancer. This can be incredibly distressing for the 10,000 people diagnosed every year in the UK and their families.

The partnership with Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will help Pancreatic Cancer UK expand its nursing team and free, confidential Support Line. As a result, more families affected by the disease will get the vital information and support they need quickly and easily, enabling them to focus on spending precious time together.

Diana Jupp, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK said: “No one should be told they have the deadliest common cancer and then be left to face it alone. We’re determined to be there for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer, to give them opportunity to speak to someone who understands what they’re going through and can offer expert support when they need it most.

“For Pancreatic Cancer UK to be chosen as the charity of the year for such an iconic cycling event such as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a huge moment for the charity. This is our first major partnership and it will have a big impact on the charity’s capacity to help support more people who desperately need our help, at the time they need it most.”

“Join us next year to ride the legendary route and remember everyone who has lost their lives to pancreatic cancer as well as celebrating those who are living with the disease. People affected by pancreatic cancer have been sidelined for far too long – it is time we rally together to transform the future for people affected by the disease.”

Last weekend, 185 riders joined the Pancreatic Cancer UK team to take on the 2019 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, the iconic sportive that starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, heads out to the famous Surrey Hills before returning to central London and a stunning finish on The Mall.

Among them was Emily Waller, who knows all too well how important specialist support is when facing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in the family. Emily was only 11 years-old when her dad, Bill Waller, was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer. There was only enough time for him to receive one session of chemotherapy before he died. His family were devastated.

Emily, 27, from Islington, said: “My dad was one of those people who was never sick so it was a massive shock for us. I remember having a conversation with my mum when she told me that dad’s condition was terminal. I asked whether it meant that he had a couple of years and she said no – it was more like a couple of weeks. It’s such a big thing to come to terms with. There wasn’t time for me to get my head around it or think it’s real.

“There was only one specialist cancer nurse at the hospital and they were only able to see my dad once. So my dad was pretty much having to deal with it by himself. There was a lot of conflicting advice and there wasn’t much clarity.

“I know having more information at the time would have made a huge difference. I remember mum saying she did quite a lot of researching on the internet to try and understand what pancreatic cancer was and all she found was the awful survival stats.

“Taking part in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and raising money for Pancreatic Cancer UK meant so much to me. I’m so proud to support a charity that’s trying to change the situation for people affected by this brutal disease.”

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will return on 16 August 2020. Sign up to join the Pancreatic Cancer UK team and help transform the future for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer.  

As a Pancreatic Cancer UK rider you’ll pledge to raise a minimum of £550 in sponsorship.

Pancreatic Cancer UK will provide you with:

  • A PCUK cycling tech jersey designed especially for road cycling
  • Specialist training and coaching tips from professional sports trainers
  • Exclusive access to PCUK organised training rides
  • Fundraising tips and tricks to help you reach your goals
  • Exclusive post-ride party invitation at a prestigious London venue
  • Post-race sports massage