Walking from chepstow to ledbury

A group of fundraisers in Bristol are walking from Chepstow to Much Marcle in Ledbury to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. The 40 miles (64.4km) “Merry March” is expected to take three days. 

The “Merry March” is so-called because the walk is being held in honour of Dave Merry who died from an aggressive glioblastoma in April 2022. He was just 52 years old. His friend since childhood, Gary Nicholson, organised the fundraiser to pay tribute to his best friend and to raise money to aid researchers find a cure for a sudden diagnosis of brain tumours. 

Brain tumours can be aggressive and life-threatening. In 2019, brain tumours caused around 5,300 deaths in the UK, making them the ninth most common cause of cancer-related deaths. The survival rate is only 11%.

According to Cancer Research, UK, there has been a 53% increase in the number brain tumour deaths since the 1970’s.  But the research group also says that 3% of brain tumours are preventable. 

How To Prevent Brain Tumours 

It is thought that brain tumours typically develop due to environmental factors. Therefore, there are some general measures you can take to promote overall brain health and potentially reduce the risk of certain types of brain tumours.

Protect yourself from carcinogens

Some environmental factors, such as certain chemicals and carcinogens, have been associated with an increased risk of brain tumours. It is advisable to minimise exposure to potential carcinogens, such as industrial solvents, pesticides, and other toxic substances.

Use protective headgear

Engaging in activities that carry a risk of head injuries, such as contact sports or certain occupations, may increase the risk of certain types of brain tumours. Wearing appropriate headgear, such as helmets, can help reduce the risk of severe head injuries.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Adopting a healthy lifestyle such as regular walking and brisk walking activities can promote overall well-being, which may indirectly contribute to reducing the risk of certain diseases, including brain tumours. Brisk walking promotes deep breathing and gets more oxygen to the brain, enabling you to take care of your mental and physical health.