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Rachel ‘totally overwhelmed’ by support for Prostate Cancer UK

Motivated marcher Rachel Dinsdale has been left ‘totally overwhelmed’ after her fundraising month in March went beyond £5,000.

The 53-year-old tackled Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘March The Month’ in March which challenged participants to walk 11,000 steps a day during the month.

Rachel was doing so after husband Dave, 61, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January and has been undergoing treatment ever since.

I’ve walked plenty of different routes which I might not have done otherwise, alongside different people too which has been nice.

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March The Month required fundraisers to walk 11,000 steps a day, roughly 5.75 miles, a significant number of steps since 11,000 men die of prostate cancer in the UK each year.

Rachel’s fundraising total online currently stands at £4,835, with a further £277.50 to add from a sponsored walk and a collection held at Driffield School & Sixth Form.

She told the Wolds Weekly: “I am totally overwhelmed by the support which I have received during March The Month.

“The amount of donations that have come in has been absolutely amazing and I’ve really enjoyed being part of it.

“I’ve walked plenty of different routes which I might not have done otherwise, alongside different people too which has been nice.

Dave and Rachel Dinsdale

“Part of the reason I did it, as well as raising money, was to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

“Dave’s diagnosis would have gone undetected had he not had an unrelated back issue which he saw the doctor for.

“Neither of us knew much about prostate cancer until Dave’s diagnosis, including that one in eight men will have it in their lifetime.”

March The Month challenged participants to complete 341,000 steps in 31 days, something which Rachel comfortably surpassed, having marched 414,892 steps.

Her routes included from her home in Driffield to Nafferton, a circular walk in Kilnwick, from Cottingham to Beverley and Danes Dyke to Bridlington.

Rachel has also been joined for a half-mile walk around the field at Flamborough Primary School alongside pupils in her Reception/Year 1 class.

On both 1st and 31st March, the whole school participated in a mile walk, four laps around the field.
Charity baking by one of Rachel’s colleagues also helped to raise £150 towards her total.

She has also received support from Driffield Rugby Club, where Dave is president and their sons, James and Ben, are first team players.

Rachel was joined on Mother’s Day with members of the Ladies section at the club for a stroll from the rugby club around Driffield.

The 1st XV wore a specially designed shirt for their final home fixture of the season against Pocklington on Saturday, 9th April, with £10 from every shirt purchased going to Prostate Cancer UK.

Rachel added: “As I said before, I am totally overwhelmed by the support I have had.

“Both my school and the rugby club have been fantastic with everything they have done.

“It has made it all completely worthwhile and I am so glad that I decided to do it.

“I know that it has helped Dave too and he is delighted with the amount of awareness it has helped to raised.”

Rachel’s March The Month, her online donation page will remain open until the end of April. Donate at: marchthemonth.prostatecanceruk.org/fundraising/mrs-dinny-is-marching-the-month-for-prostate.

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