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The Duchess and Duke of Gloucester complete their month long walking challenge to raise awareness of prostate cancer

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The Duchess of Gloucester has completed the March The Month challenge in which she walked 11,000 steps every day during the month of March to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.

As their Patron, Birgitte has been walking every day in honour of the 11,000 men who die from prostate cancer every year in the UK. 

The Duchess was supported by her husband, Prince Richard, during her walks with the couple raising both money and awareness for prostate cancer research.

To mark the completion of March The Month, Birgitte took to Twitter for the very first time to congratulate the men and women across the country who joined her in the challenge.

Her Royal Highness tweeted: “My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Prostate Cancer UK’s March The Month step challenge, which comes to an end today.

“Congratulations to everyone who has walked in recognition of @ProstateUK during March.

“I hope you are putting your feet up tonight!”

On Monday, 22 March, the Duchess joined a video chat with the CEO of Prostate Cancer UK, and two supporters who are doing the challenge. Peter Silk was diagnosed with prostate cancer in spring 2020, and Kerry McDowell is walking in honour of her father who passed away in January of 2021. They chatted about how each of them are finding the challenge, and Silk and McDowell shared why it is so meaningful for them. 

The Duchess shared her own March the Month experience from this year. “My husband has very kindly become my walking partner. And we did try and do it all in one go. And it was exhausting, but it is always… jolly nice when we come home in late afternoon. Luckily, we live by a paddock, where we could get a morning walk in… and then do the rest in the park in the afternoon.” She applauded both Silk and McDowell for their commitment to the March, and for their continuing work to raise awareness.

The Duchess regularly attends engagements and functions for Prostate Cancer UK. In the past, she has visited patients, attended receptions, and even visited the Movember EU Headquarters in 2013. 

As prostate cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the UK, her support and patronage are helping to raise further awareness.

Prostate Cancer UK was founded in 1996 as The Prostate Cancer Charity and rebranded as Prostate Cancer UK in 2012 after merging with Prostate Action. The charity focuses on raising awareness about prostate cancer, raising funds for research, and improving the lives of those affected by prostate cancer.

Additional reporting by Lydia Starbuck