Prostate Cancer UK
887. Kevin Webber
Kevin Webber, from London, has spent the last three years raising over £200,000 for ‘Prostate Cancer UK’, despite being told in 2014 that he only had two years to live.
While undergoing chemotherapy, Kevin took on the challenge of walking 15 marathons in 15 days in both 2016 and 2017 alongside Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, to encourage men to get checked for prostate cancer and seek early diagnosis. As 2017’s #GivingTuesday champion, he reached out to thousands of people online. ‘Prostate Cancer UK’ also honoured his achievements by making him their ambassador at 2016’s English Football League Cup Final at Wembley. Kevin’s next challenge, the 6633 Arctic Ultra, involves pulling a sledge for 350 miles across the Arctic in -50 degrees Celsius temperatures.
In a personal letter to Kevin, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“You have responded to tremendously difficult personal circumstances with enormous courage and strength. Your inspiring fundraising work for ‘Prostate Cancer UK’ demonstrates your dedication to ensuring that men seek early diagnosis and I wish you every success in your extreme fundraising challenge in the Arctic later this year.”
Angela Culhane, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said:
“We’re absolutely delighted to see Kevin receive the Points of Light award in recognition of the funds he’s raised to beat prostate cancer. His drive, determination, and passion to raise awareness of a disease – which kills one man every 45 minutes – is incredible. Kevin is an extraordinary man who, despite his own prognosis, continues to take on extraordinary challenges and wholeheartedly deserves this award.”
“Since I was diagnosed with effectively terminal prostate cancer three years ago it has become my mission to raise awareness and funds for ‘Prostate Cancer UK’ whilst I am still here. My legacy is to try to ensure that other families will not have to go through what mine are right now and in years to come when I am no longer here. By undertaking gruelling ultra marathons and inspiring friends and colleagues to do their own challenges we have raised over £200,000 in those three years.
I feel quite emotional and humbled that people think what I have done is in anyway special so to be honoured in this manner is unbelievable and a memory that my family and I will have forever, although much of the thanks must go to those who have supported me in so many ways.”
We’re delighted to announce our inspirational supporter Kevin Webber has been awarded a #PointsOfLight award from 10 Downing Street 👏
— Prostate Cancer UK (@ProstateUK) January 18, 2018