A fitness expert from Leeds will guide a group of adventurers to the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Jennie Gadsby, a Weight Watchers UK National Fitness Expert, has organised the challenge in memory of her dad, Ian, who passed away from pancreatic cancer just six months after being diagnosed.
The National Three Peaks Challenge involves reaching the summits of Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345m), Scafell Pike in England (978m), and Snowdon in Wales (1085m).
The team will include members of Jennie’s family, Weight Watchers members and clients from ‘set U free’, a small private fitness studio Jennie runs in Leeds that offers help to people who are new to exercise and don’t feel comfortable in gyms. They will begin their challenge this Friday (September 29).
Jennie said: “I did Ben Nevis last year and hated it. It was bleak, cold and miserable. So while looking for a charity event that would push me, I decided to try it again, and then do the others too. My partner had the great idea of trying to get as many people as possible to join us. Instead of doing it in 24 hours like many people try, we are doing it over three days so that everyone can take part.
“Many of the people taking part have never climbed a mountain before, so it is a huge achievement to even attempt it. I’ve loved seeing the group support and motivate each other to overcome fears, struggles and obstacles.
“To help everyone prepare I have organised a number of training walks, taking in some beautiful Yorkshire scenery. It’s been a great way for everyone to get to know each other. Everyone is looking out for each other and wants everyone else to succeed. Some people are aware they might not finish it, but they’re willing to give it a try.”
Jennie’s studio, ‘set U free’, is raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research throughout 2017. Members have already raised more than £4,000 for the charity, which is dedicated to improving cancer outcomes in Yorkshire by funding innovative research projects. A ‘girls night in’ event, which included a big charity raffle and Prosecco served by topless butlers, raised more than £1,300 alone.
Jennie said: “One of our bloggers lost her dad to pancreatic cancer in October 2016. Just weeks later my dad was diagnosed with the same thing. So we decided to raise money for a cancer charity in 2017 and after researching local charities we discovered Yorkshire Cancer Research. I was shocked that people in Yorkshire are more likely to get cancer, and more likely to die from it, than many other places in England. I knew this was the charity we had to support.
“My dad fought a short and hard battle. It was in his honour that I decided to do the challenge. We will climb our final summit on October 1, which would have been his 63rd birthday.”
To sponsor the team, please visit https://setu.everydayhero.com/uk/3peaksdonations. For more information about Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk.
(Picture caption: Jennie Gadsby (fifth from left), a fitness expert from Leeds, is leading a group of adventurers to the summits of the highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research).
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 565 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient’s journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
- Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer – Yorkshire Cancer Research
- Tel: 01423 877 228
- Last updated: 25/09/2017
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