A mother and daughter from Pickering have successfully reached the summit of the highest peak in the British Isles, raising £2,750 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Bridget and Grace Clark completed the 1,345m ascent to the top of Ben Nevis in just three hours after a rigorous six month training programme. The descent took the pair a further two hours.
Grace, 15, began fundraising with her mum last year as a way of paying tribute to her grandad Peter Robinson and family friend Ros Court, who both lost their lives to cancer.
Peter was 73 when he passed away from bowel cancer in November 2009, just 13 months after being diagnosed. Ros, 70, was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in June 2015 and died in February 2016.
Bridget and Grace completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge in July last year, raising more than £2,300 for Yorkshire Cancer Research with the help of the charity’s Pickering Committee. They climbed Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, as part of their training, and then went on to climb Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. Ben Nevis is the highest peak in Scotland, and by climbing to the summit Bridget and Grace have now reached the top of all three mountains included in the National Three Peaks challenge.
Bridget said: “We began the climb at 8am and the promise of sunshine and blue skies got us off to a brilliant start with our guide Dave. We set a great pace and were rewarded with a relatively easy ascent. It was challenging but we had frequent short breaks and enjoyed the scenery. We even saw a rare snow bunting. On the way back down we were treated to the most magnificent views.
“So now we’ve completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks and the National Three Peaks within a year, and all before Grace is 16. It’s been a pleasure to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research and I know my dad would have been so proud. We’d like to thank everyone who has given so generously. Even the owners of the guesthouse we stayed at sponsored us.”
Patsy Robertshaw, Head of Relationships at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “Climbing Ben Nevis takes a huge amount of Yorkshire grit and determination and we’d like to congratulate Bridget and Grace on completing such an incredible challenge. The money they’ve raised with the support of our Pickering Committee will help prevent, diagnose and treat cancer more effectively in Yorkshire.”
To sponsor Bridget and Grace, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/bridgetandgrace. For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/teamyorkshire.
Picture Caption: Grace and Bridget Clark climbed to the summit of Ben Nevis, raising £2,750 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: 28/06/2017
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