The staff at the Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, have chosen Sarcoma UK as their Charity of the Year, in memory of Chris Martin, Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, who died of sarcoma in November 2015.
In May this year, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “It is an honour to support Sarcoma UK, a cancer charity very close to my heart. Having lost Chris to sarcoma, we have seen first-hand the devastating effects of this disease. No 10 is proud to raise funds and awareness of sarcoma, helping Sarcoma UK to save lives and ultimately find a cure.”
Lindsey Bennister, Chief Executive, Sarcoma UK said: “Chris was a loyal supporter and friend of the charity. He made a huge impact on the charity’s team and built up personal relationships with the wider sarcoma community. Chris completed the Virgin London Marathon himself for the charity last year. It was poignant to see 'Team 10’ show the same grit and determination in completing Tough Mudder, a year later. We are very grateful for their support and we look forward to working more closely with them.”
To launch the partnership, ‘Team 10’ completed a 12-mile assault course, Tough Mudder West, on 30 April. They worked as a team to navigate through the muddy obstacles, 10,000 volts of electricity, and a mind-numbing ice bath. So far, they have raised £8,000 towards their annual goal of £15,000.
10 Downing Street have a calendar of activities planned to support Sarcoma UK as a legacy to Chris, details of which will be announced over the coming months.