RBS Preston staff take on walking marathon for Prostate Cancer UK

A bank worker who has battled prostate cancer was humbled when fellow colleagues joined him in his seven walking marathon challenge to raise funds for the charity which supported him.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 2:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 3:23 pm
Kevin Webber (centre knelt down) with members of RBS in Preston as they stopped off at Bamber Bridge FC during their 27-mile walk for Prostate Cancer UK
Kevin Webber (centre knelt down) with members of RBS in Preston as they stopped off at Bamber Bridge FC during their 27-mile walk for Prostate Cancer UK

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A team from Preston’s Fishergate Hill site helped the father-of-three on the penultimate leg, which centred around the Guild Wheel, beginning and ending at Bamber Bridge Football Club (BBFC).

Kevin, 53, who lives in Surrey, said: “Walking alongside my RBS colleagues, who have supported me through every step of my prostate cancer diagnosis, is truly humbling. I am so grateful for all the funds and awareness RBS has raised for Prostate Cancer UK over the years.

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Members of RBS in Preston as they stopped off at Bamber Bridge FC during their 27-mile walk for Prostate Cancer UK

“In 2014, at the age of 49, when I was told I may only have two years to live, my whole world came crashing down.

“A few months later, after my first session of chemotherapy, I even had a thought that I would never run again, but I decided not to let the cancer win. “Instead I ran for three slow miles that day and kept on running further and further day by day.

“Since 2015, I have completed many marathons and ultra-marathons. Everyone has been so generous in helping me raise much needed funds for Prostate Cancer UK. So far, I have raised more than £200k with the help of my colleagues, and I know that we will raise even more by taking on these seven walking marathons in seven days.”

Phil Evans, relationship director at RBS in Preston, said: “The seven marathons in seven days took place across the north as part of RBS Commercial and Business Banking North’s fund-raising efforts for 2018.

“The Preston leg was walk six of seven, centred around the Preston Guild Wheel, but starting and finishing at BBFC which added some miles to take us up to 27 miles.

“It was a fantastic effort by all 26 walkers on the day as part of a huge regional challenge which we hope to have raised in excess of £50,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. The support and hospitality that BBFC gave us was superb.”