University of Dundee

Where's Wallace: Fundraiser Matt Wallace visits Dundee Cancer Centre in the first leg of his cross-country walk visiting CRUK Centres of Excellence

26 Oct 2011

Dedicated fundraiser, Matt Wallace, who gave up his job and his flat on his 30th birthday to embark upon an ambitious social media charity quest visited researchers at the Dundee Cancer Centre on Monday 24 October 2011.

Matt Wallace has left behind his family and friends, his home and even his job, to walk the length and breadth of the country promoting the life-saving work which takes place at each of Cancer Research UK’s centres of excellence.

He hopes to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK as part of his ambitious Where’s Wallace? project, which saw him set off from John O’Groats over a month ago.

Matt was inspired to raise money for the charity when a very close family friend died from cancer in 2008.

During the course of his incredible six-month journey, he will walk in the region of 1,500 miles over six months, stopping off at the charity’s 16 research centres along the way.

As part of his visit to the Dundee Cancer Centre, he filmed interviews with scientists and nurses as part of a series of videos he is making to showcase the cutting edge research that takes place there.

The videos, along with constant updates detailing Matt’s life on the road, will be available to view on his website and blog, and he'll also be keeping people informed via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Matt said: “My visit to Dundee was very exciting and it marked the first of 16 visits to Cancer Research UK Centres across the UK.

“The work of these scientists is amazing and they are at the cutting edge of research to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer."

The Dundee Cancer Centre is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside, and researchers are focussed on developing new ways to treat, diagnose, and prevent cancer – particularly bowel, breast and skin cancers.

Matt left his job as a press officer at Nottingham Trent University on his 30th birthday and said goodbye to the luxury city centre apartment he calls home.

On his travels, he has been camping or relying on family, friends and generous supporters along the route for evening accommodation, a shower and food.

Matt added: “Cancer Research UK relies on people from every corner of the UK to help them raise money as it doesn’t receive a penny from the government.

“I've realised, that for me, a paid job, a flat and material possessions aren't the be all and end all, and I'm in a very fortunate position to be able to do something like this.

“I’ve got no mortgage, no credit cards, or any other unavoidable responsibilities to worry about, so why not? Turning 30 seemed like the perfect moment.

"My aim is to raise as much money as humanly possible, while helping people to understand some of the amazing science Cancer Research UK uses that money to fund.”