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Over 3,400 brave the rain to raise funds...

More than 3,400 people around the country braved blistery April showers for the BAPS Charities Annual Challenge to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and other worthy causes.

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More than 3,400 people around the country braved blistery April showers for the BAPS Charities Annual Challenge to raise funds for  Macmillan Cancer Support and other worthy causes.

BAPS Charities UK held this year’s event in London on Sunday 29 April 2012 in conjunction with the renowned national charity as well as several smaller charities around the country. It brought together members of the community from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages – ranging from three to 97 – to walk, jog or run a distance of 10 kilometres. More than 40 participants took the more challenging option of cycling 30 kilometres in Leicester a week earlier, on Saturday 21 April 2012.


Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the UK’s leading cancer charities, providing “practical, medical and financial support to push for better cancer care.”


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In London, the wet weather could hardly dampen the participants’ enthusiasm as the Challenge kicked off from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden – the ‘Neasden Temple’ – in the presence of distinguished guests, including Michelle Martin (Head of Regional Fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support) and the Mayor of Brent, Cllr Aslam Choudry. Also present at the opening ceremony were Mr Tara Chand, First Secretary Indian High Commission, Cllr Muhammed Butt, Cllr Ketan Sheth, Cllr Zaffar Van Kalwala, and Cllr Krupa Sheth.


Michelle Martin emphasised the importance of the partnership with BAPS Charities by remarking: “We are really excited to be working with BAPS Charities, not only on this fantastic event but at providing specific services to address the challenges facing the South Asian community during their cancer journey. We are looking forward to the year ahead and making this partnership a success.”


Kamlesh Patel, lead BAPS Charities volunteer added, “We are delighted to partner with Macmillan Cancer Support this year and hope that the Challenge can help to further their great work.”

One of the participants, Kirtan, aged 19 from West London, spoke of his positive experiences from the day. “Despite the rain, it was a great event. To be honest, the weather didn’t bother us, because knowing that we are making a real difference to those less fortunate than us is very very rewarding in itself.”

The BAPS Charities Annual Challenge was also completed over various April weekends in a total of 16 centres around the UK, many supporting charities at the local level as well. Below is a list of the venues, dates and local charities that were also supported:

Birmingham – Sunday 22 April, also supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Bristol – Sunday 22 April

Cambridge – Sunday 22 April

Coventry – Sunday 22 April, also supporting University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire

Edinburgh – Saturday 21 April, also supporting The Sick Kids Friends Foundation

Glasgow – Sunday 15 April, also supporting Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Organisation

Havant – Sunday 22 April, also supporting Down Syndrome Educational Trust

Leicester – Sunday 22 April, also supporting Hope Against Cancer

Loughborough – Sunday 22 April, also supporting LOROS – Hospice Care for Leicestershire & Rutland

Luton – Sunday 22 April

Manchester (Ashton-under-Lyne) – Sunday 22 April, also supporting Our Kids Eyes

Milton Keynes – Sunday 22 April, also supporting Little Lives Appeal

Nottingham – Sunday 29 April, also supporting Maggies Cancer Care Centre, Nottingham

Preston – Sunday 22 April

Southend-on-Sea – Sunday 22 April

Wellingborough – Sunday 29 April

To learn more about the inspiring work of Macmillan Cancer Support, please click here.

For photographs of the events please click here.

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