YouTube star Rick Shiels' 150-mile fundraising march raises £120k for Prostate Cancer UK

YouTube star Rick Shiels' 150-mile fundraising march raises £120k for Prostate Cancer UK

22/06/2022

The world’s most watched golf YouTuber, Rick Shiels, has completed an epic golfing pilgrimage across Scotland ahead of the historic 150th Open Championship, raising an incredible £123,000 for The PGA’s Official Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK.

PGA Professional Shiels, whose channel boasts over two million followers, crossed the line of a mammoth 150-mile trek from Prestwick Golf Club – the location of the first Open in 1860 – to St. Andrews’ iconic Old Course, which hosts the 2022 tournament next month – on Sunday (June 19th) - all while carrying his trusty golf clubs on his back and surviving a stress fracture to the foot.

The six-day march, dubbed ‘#Walk150’, began on Tuesday, June 14th, and Shiels walked throughout Men’s Health Week to highlight the one in eight men affected by prostate cancer in the UK, aptly finishing on Father’s Day.

Rick was greeted by hundreds of fans while walking from the west to the east coast of Scotland, making stops at Cawder Golf Club and the famous Gleneagles Golf Resort before arriving at the iconic Swilcan Bridge at the Old Course, St Andrews.

From the ever-changing weather, rubbing golf bag and a fractured left foot, Rick described the walk as “the hardest challenge” of his professional life.

Through the walk Rick raised funds for Prostate Cancer UK; a cause he supported first in May 2019 by hosting the world’s first YT (YouTube) Golf Day, which raised more than £10,000 for the leading men’s health charity.

“Wow, what an incredible week,” said Shiels. “The hardest challenge of my professional life and I’m truly humbled by the fans and people I don’t even know who came to see me and who sent me a supportive message.

“I’ve not done anything like this before. It was a real honour marching through this great country, visiting some fantastic golf courses, enjoying spectacular scenery, but to also learn more about prostate cancer and meet some of the people this terrible disease affects.

“There were massive highs and lows on each day of the walk, but the fantastic support I received – whether that was from Sky Blue Adventures, who looked after me, people waving as they drove past, everyone who donated and everyone who came to meet me at St Andrews including my family – helped to get me over the finish line.

“I’ll remember this experience for ever. To be able to do this challenge for Prostate Cancer UK and to have done my bit in the fight against the most common cancer in men is a great feeling. It’s so important for men to know of their risk of prostate cancer and I hope that this walk has helped shine a light on the disease and the work of Prostate Cancer UK.”

Nicola Tallett, Director of Fundraising & Supporter Engagement at Prostate Cancer UK said: “Rick’s epic efforts, and the fantastic fundraising which followed, will go towards life-saving research and supporting men affected by prostate cancer and their families.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Rick on behalf of everyone at Prostate Cancer UK, not to mention the 400,000 men living with a prostate cancer diagnosis and their loved ones. We all hope he can now put down his golf bag, put his feet up and enjoy The Open next month!”

CLICK HERE to make a donation towards Rich Shiels’ ‘#Walk150 trek.

CLICK HERE to find out more about Prostate Cancer UK.

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