September 2008 Monopoly Board Trek
Monopoly board trek raises £2,000 for bowel cancer research

Board game fanatic Lisa Deaner and her 13 year-old daughter Hayley brought the popular Monopoly game come to life when they spent a day visiting each stop on the board to raise funds for UCHL Charities.

Lisa and Hayley left their Hampstead home at 9am, starting their journey at Old Kent Road and finished at Park Lane at 5.30pm. "We were exhausted but elated at the end" says Lisa.

"We walked most of the way, but did use the tubes as well to ensure we could get round all the stops" she says. "We stopped for lunch at The Strand but, apart from that, just kept going."

The couple raised more than £2,000 for a research project into bowel cancer spearheaded by their close friend consultant Richard Cohen. The project aims to find a genetic link to help understand why there is an increased incidence of bowel cancer in the Ashkenazi population. This may also lead to genetic testing for the genes that are involved in bowel cancer in the general and Ashkenazi populations.

Monopoly names"We thought this would be a fun way of helping this worthy cause and we were absolutely delighted with the help and support we received from family and friends" says Lisa.

"Donations ranged from £1 to £300 and we were so pleased with them all. Everyone at my daughter´s school was brilliant and we are really delighted with the final total."

Lisa has held other fundraising events in the past and hopes to host a family film evening to raise more cash.