From Brighton to Berwick by bus for charity

The five fundraisers are embarking on a bus ride from Brighton to Berwick.

The five fundraisers are embarking on a bus ride from Brighton to Berwick.

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Five men are set to jump on the bus to Berwick - nothing unusual about that, you might think - except that they are starting on the south coast.

Craig Rowley and four of his friends are taking on the epic journey in a bid to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Craig Rowley with his mum.

Craig Rowley with his mum.

The 27-year-old from Essex came up with the idea after his mum was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer last year.

“I’ll be the first to admit that prior to my mother’s diagnosis I was unaware of anything about it - I didn’t even realise you could get cancer of the pancreas,” Craig said.

“That’s part of why we’re doing this fundraiser. The difficulty with this form of cancer is recognising its symptoms - it is often misdiagnosed but not necessarily because of negligence, more because of a lack of awareness and understanding.”

The group will spend three days making the 400-mile trip from Brighton to Berwick, with at least 28 hours on 19 local buses.

The longest individual stretch is expected to be from Leeds to Whitby, which takes over three-and-a-half hours.

As well as awareness, the team are raising money for Pancreatic Cancer UK. “Part of the reason why such little is known about this cancer is because of its very poor funding,” Craig said. “Pancreatic Cancer receives only one per cent of the pool of money dedicated to cancer charities.

“I’m doing this challenge to raise awareness as well as money - the more people know, the better chances of survival.”

The group depart on July 23 and hope to reach the Golden Square depot on July 26.

•To find out more about the Brighton to Berwick challenge or to donate, go to Craig’s just giving page:

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