The Big Walk to Work from Kendal to Milton Keynes

on Tuesday, 06 January 2015.

A local man will be attempting to walk from his home in Kendal in Cumbria to his office in Milton Keynes in honour of a work colleague who died from cancer last year.

Shane TickellKendal resident Shane Tickell will set off from his home in Cumbria on May 16th and will walk to his office in Milton Keynes some 212 miles away.  Normally taking 3 hours in a car, at a marathon a day Shane’s incredible journey will take 8 days to walk.

Shane, aged 43,wants to use his challenge to raise awareness of the early signs of cancer in aiding earlier diagnosis and treatment following the death of close work colleague Mike Haynes who died from bowel cancer last year.

Shane says;

“Mike’s death was so shocking because he always looked after himself. He ate healthily and was always really active out running or walking. He was also planning to travel the world with his partner but he never got the chance.”

Dad of four Shane is  CEO of IMS Maxims, a company specialising in developing clinical and administrative software solutions for healthcare providers across the country.

“Mike spent more than two decades working alongside numerous NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals. More recently, I worked with him developing a new I.T programme for local charity CancerCare which revolutionised the work they do with local cancer patients.”

Sadly, Mike was diagnosed with stage four Bowel Cancer in April 2013, losing his battle with the disease in December. He was aged 65.

“That’s why I’ve been inspired to do this challenge. There are too many people, like Mike, who’ve been stuck down by this disease when it is far too late to treat.”

“I am walking to raise awareness of the importance that people check themselves for the early signs of cancer. Knowing what these checks entail and getting into the habit of doing it regularly could help save thousands of lives each year.”

“If you are unsure about something go to your doctor and get it checked out. You’re not wasting anyone’s time and if it isn’t serious your mind will be put at rest. But if it is cancer early diagnose can make the difference.”

“All the money raised from my Big Walk to Work will help two worthy causes that Mike’s family wanted to support - Cancer Research UK and CancerCare.”

“I’ve never done anything like this before, and I’m no athlete, but we recently lost a good man in Mike, on top of that I lost my father, many uncles, cousins, friends and neighbours to this dreadful disease. I have been inspired, and humbled,  by all of them in the bravery and courage they showed. I started training at Christmas, so have been doing this in all weathers, with one minor case of hyperthermia, lots of  blisters and aches,  but what keeps me motivated is the courage and bravery of all these people, my small endeavour pales in comparison with the journey of someone with cancer.”

“If I could inspire just one person to walk to work and learn about how to detect some early signs of cancer then this would be a big step forwards. Mike helped so many people in this country so it is an honour being able to do something positive and carry on the great work he did.”

“I would also like to encourage others to join me and walk to their own place of work on Friday 23rd May – the final day of my challenge.”

For further advice on how to spot the early signs of cancer check out www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer.

To make a donation please visit www.imsfoundation.co.uk

For more information about Shane’s Big Walk to Work and how you can get involved visit www.imsfoundation.co.uk.You can also follow Shane’s progress on Twitter @BigWalkToWork.