The Forces Wives Challenge, a network of women with partners in the military, is taking on a 24-hour charity event to raise awareness and money for charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
According to Macmillan, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused thousands of cancer treatments and appointments to be cancelled or postponed, meaning that an estimated 50,000 diagnoses may have been missed.
Heather Sharp, the founder of the Forces Wives Challenge (FWC) group spoke to BFBS Radio broadcaster Rachel Cochrane about the upcoming challenge, and explained why they are doing it. She said:
“This is our way to try and help make cancer not be the forgotten ‘C’ of the pandemic.”
At 8am on February 27, the Forces Wives Challenge will begin their challenge of exercising for 24 hours, and they have opened the challenge to all. Anyone can get involved, either for one hour or for the whole 24 hours. Any form of exercise can be undertaken, including a dog walk or one hour of burpees.
The FWC group, which became a social enterprise in 2019, have previously taken on other fundraising challenges including walking 10 miles to help plant trees, as well as adventures like climbing dormant volcano Mount Kilimanjaro.
The hope is that doing this challenge will encourage people to attend routine screening appointments and contact their GP if they have any concerns.
More information about the challenge can be found here.