Kitesurfing 4 Cancer Research

Windsurfing4CancerResearch (‘W4CR’) was set up as a registered Charity by windsurfer David Tuttlebee in March 2009 with objectives to increase awareness and to raise funds for cancer research, support and education.

David sadly lost his 4 year battle with the disease and passed away in September 2010 leaving clear direction for the charity’s future.

 W4CR’s first fund raising event was Sunrise Sunset 2009 with 20 venues sailing for many of the hours between dawn and dusk, as well as having races and other fun activity. Through participants being sponsored, more than £25,000 was raised.

 Sunrise Sunset 2010 took place on May 2nd at 26 venues around the UK with over 400 participants, with many fun aspects and also serious distance and speed challenges.  More than £56,000 was raised.

 From the money raised in 2009 and 2010, over £70,000 has been distributed to worthy cancer related causes. W4CR’s plans for 2011 are to take our success even further

 Sunrise Sunset 2011 will take place nationally on Sunday 1st May.

This event aims to get as many windsurfers (and other non-powered craft) on the water for all or part of the hours between Sunrise and Sunset. David Tuttlebee set the theme for the event as ‘more than just a day at the beach’.

 Entry is already open via 

We have set a special challenge for the Sunrise Sunset event this year!

 1000 on the water at noon

 To support both the £100,000 fundraising target and the 1000 on the water at noon requires a very special effort, with more venues, more participants and a major fundraising effort by all.

 If you wish to add your venue email W4CR at [email protected]

 In 2010 W4CR has supported the following beneficiaries:

Bobby Moore Fund: The Bobby Moore Fund raises money for research into bowel cancer and raises public awareness of the disease. W4CR is supporting the “FoxFire” study on the increase of Bowel Cancer.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign: Supports the work of The Royal Marsden, raising money to help the hospital stay at the leading edge of cancer treatment, research and care. W4CR has funded a centrifuge used for blood analysis in the new Children’s and Teenage Cancer Centre, at Royal Marsden, Sutton.

Macmillan: Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. W4CR funded a Macmillan Nurse for 2 months.

Cancer Research UK: Skin Cancer – W4CR continues to support skin cancer work through the project ‘Skin Cancer – Predicting the Future’ which is evaluating the effectiveness of drug use in preventing melanoma returning after surgery.

John Hartson Foundation: Raises awareness of Testicular Cancer and how easy and important it is to check yourself on a regular basis. W4CR funded a number of school and club visits providing education in testicular cancer awareness and self-testing.

Breast Cancer Care: Breast Cancer Care works hard to provide the best information and support for people affected by breast cancer across the UK. W4CR has helped fund local support services.

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice: Provides specialist care and support to patients and families living with life limiting illnesses, and through training, empower other healthcare professionals to do the same. W4CR has funded 20 home care visits.


W4CR is registered charity no. 1128492. For more info, see