Buccleuch Property Challenge unveils cancer charity partnerships

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Buccleuch Property has announced it is to partner leading cancer charities, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action, for this year’s Buccleuch Property Challenge. The annual adventure race, which takes place at the Duke of Buccleuch’s Drumlanrig Castle and Queensberry Estate on Friday 8th September, has raised more than £100,000 for a range of charities since its inception 11 years ago.

Offering the ultimate team-building adventure for property professionals from across the UK, the Challenge invites teams of three to compete in a range of outdoor pursuits; from mountain biking and archery, to kayaking and problem solving activities, over six hours and 50km of Dumfries & Galloway landscape.

To mark the event’s 11th year, the Challenge will aim to raise more than £10k for the two cancer charities. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s national charity for women affected by cervical cancer and provides support and information to patients, their friends, families and partners. The charity was set up in 1999 by James Maxwell following the death of his wife Jo from the illness at the age of just 40. The charity’s vision is a future where cervical cancer is a disease of the past. Until then, its focus is to ensure that every woman diagnosed has the best care, support and treatment possible.

Ovarian Cancer Action is a charity dedicated to beating what is the UK’s most deadly gynaecological disease. The organisation aims to save more lives by funding research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancers.

Robert Music, Chief Executive at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “Every day in the UK nine women are given a life-changing cervical cancer diagnosis and two will sadly lose their lives. Each year a further 220,000 are diagnosed with a cervical abnormality. The funds raised at the Challenge will help us get closer to our vision of eradicating cervical cancer and enable us to be there for even more women in their time of need.”

Daisy Woolfrey, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Ovarian Cancer Action, said: “Frighteningly, every two hours a woman loses her life to ovarian cancer, yet research into this disease is severely underfunded and not enough women know about the symptoms. We’re here to champion the cause and bring people together to overcome a disease that strikes at the heart of what it means to be a woman.

“We are a small but ambitious team and are acutely aware that without the help of generous individuals and organisations, we wouldn’t be where we are today. By partnering with the Buccleuch Property Challenge, we will be able to continue to fund our vital research projects and awareness campaigns to save more women’s lives.”

David Peck, Managing Director of Buccleuch Property, said: “We’re proud to be supporting two leading cancer charities, who both do amazing work providing support and information as well as funding vital research, with the aim of improving the diagnosis and treatment of sufferers.

“The Buccleuch Property Challenge welcomes around 250 people from across the UK property industry to Drumlanrig every year. We are always really delighted with how all participants enter into the spirit of the day and generously support our nominated charities.

“We’re hoping to smash our £10,000 target – a sum which could fund training for 20 volunteers to deliver support services through Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, and support the 70 scientists based in the Ovarian Cancer Action Research Centre to discover new medicines, procedures and diagnostic tools.”

The Buccleuch Property Challenge is designed to cater for a range of participants – from first timers to experienced adventure racers. Competing in either the mixed or single sex category, entrants must travel through all stages together with their team mates, competing against the clock to reach checkpoints and collect bonus points. Course activities are kept top secret until the day of the event and teams must work out their own route through the race.

To register for the Buccleuch Property Challenge, please visit