Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to host cancer fundraising walks

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 February 2018

Wayne Sleep Picture: Prostate Cancer UK

Wayne Sleep Picture: Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is set to play host to two walking events in a bid to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

The first, the London March for Men, will see participants take on a 2km, 5km or 10km trek around the park.

The event, on June 16, will be led by professional dancer and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Wayne Sleep, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015.

He said: “I was one of the lucky ones – thankfully my prostate cancer was detected early and I received treatment before it spread elsewhere.

“But thousands of other men are not so lucky, every year prostate cancer continues to claim the lives of nearly 12,000 fathers, brothers, partners, and friends and this must stop.”

The number of men dying from prostate cancer has recently overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, making it the third biggest killer cancer in the country.

More than 4,800 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in London each year, with almost 900 dying from it.

The second event, the Football March for Men, will see fans set out from four grounds, including the London Stadium, and walk towards Wembley Stadium.

The march to the arch, which will take place on July 22, will also have starting points at Millwall, St Albans City and Sutton United’s grounds.

It will see fans walk past other clubs on the 26 mile routes and converge close to the home of football.

Prostate Cancer UK’s chief executive, Angela Culhane said:

“One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, and we now know this disease is the third biggest cancer killer. That’s unacceptable.

“We need to turn that around and the wonderful efforts of Wayne and everyone who has walked for us previously have laid the foundations.

“Thanks to the money raised we can fund more ground-breaking research, and it will also help us provide dedicated support and information to men and their families and make prostate cancer a disease the next generation of men need not fear.

“These walks are the perfect way to take a step in the right direction.”

For more information or to sign up to either of the walks, visit

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