Cancer Research UK was delighted to be presented with a cheque for £20,223 from Redditch businessman, Dean Attwell, who trekked to the North Pole in April to raise funds for the charity.
After undertaking the greatest challenge of his life, Dean, the Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Redditch based family business Oakland International said: “I am tremendously grateful to everyone who has been so generous with their donations, help and support throughout; before with my training, fundraising, during my trip and the encouragement and the support of the Polar Explorers Expedition team and our guides, and following my return home as donations continued to come in.
“Thank you to everyone for supporting me and Cancer Research UK.”
100% of donations raised from the expedition have been given directly to Cancer Research UK.
Jane Redman, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the West Midlands, said: “Our supporters come up with some wonderful ways of raising funds for crucial research and make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Every step Dean took in his trek to the North Pole to raise over £20,000 will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives – every day, 85 people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands alone – but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.
“It is thanks to supporters like Dean that survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.”