Charlotte Hawkins to Honor Bill Turnbull by Tackling Prostate Cancer Challenge

Good Morning England Charlotte Hawkins is taking part in the Prostate Cancer UK edition of the Marathon of the Month in honor of her “lovely friend” broadcaster Bill Turnbull.

awkins will run 26.2 miles throughout January in the charity’s blue and black to raise awareness and fund the disease Turnbull was diagnosed with in November 2017.

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Turnbull, who was an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK, died at his home in Suffolk on 31 August aged 66.

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Bill Turnbull died on August 31 at the age of 66 (Classic FM/PA)

Hawkins, 47, said she will think of her longtime friend and colleague Turnbull “on every step of the way” during the ordeal, who has worked with him on Good Morning Britain and Classic FM.

She said: “We are saddened to lose Bill earlier this year after he bravely lived with prostate cancer for several years.

“It is heartbreaking that he is no longer with us, and he misses him so much. This disease affects one in eight men, and like Bill, I wanted to do something to raise awareness to try and stop more men and their families from suffering.

“Bill is a great person to work with. He is a professional, an excellent broadcaster and journalist but also has a mischievous charm that can always make you laugh. He made people feel comfortable and loved by everyone who knew and worked with him.

“I know Bill also loves his exercise and has worn running shoes many times for charity. He used to stretch during commercial breaks when we worked together on GMB, which put the rest of us to shame.

“He always said that running is great because you don’t have to be good or fast, you just have to achieve by making steady progress. I will take on this challenge on his behalf and hopefully make him proud.”

Charlotte Hawkins
Charlotte Hawkins says she will think of Bill Turnbull ‘every step’ (Prostate Cancer UK/PA)

Run the Month has raised more than £5.2 million since October 2020. This year, the team includes Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden, Love Islander Arabella Chi and Channel 5 presenter Rob Bell, TV star reality Elliott Wright and fitness expert Mr Motivator.

The 70-year-old fitness fan, whose real name is Derrick Evans, said: ‘As a man, prostate cancer has always been on my radar and this is something that should never be overlooked.

“I have friends who have had to deal with prostate cancer and the treatment was successful because it was found early.

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Motivator (David Jensen/PA)

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“So let me encourage you to put on your sneakers and run 26.2 miles in January for this great cause.

“Just imagine you would do something that would not only benefit you but provide much needed resources to Prostate Cancer UK.”

Meanwhile, Wright, 42, will join the challenge after his late father was diagnosed with the disease.

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Elliott Wright, who is taking part in Prostate Cancer UK Monthly Marathon Edition (Elliott Wright/PA)

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