A village mayor who survived breast cancer twice will complete Britain’s top five walks to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Training design consultant Karen Page, who was appointed Mayor of Luddenden, near Halifax, in September last year, will embark on a series of hikes between April and August with the aim of raising more than £2,000 for the charity.
Karen will be joined on her walks by her dog Bobby, a spaniel, whom she appointed as her deputy during an official Mayor Making Ceremony.
Karen was inspired to take on the challenge by the ITV programme ‘Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100’, which revealed the country’s best rambles voted for by 8,000 walking enthusiasts.
She will climb Catbells, Helvellyn and England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike in the Lake District, tackle the rugged limestone terrain of Malham and Gordale Scar in the Yorkshire Dales, and battle her way to the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.
Karen said: “We live in a beautiful conservation village with a great community spirit, centred around a fantastic village pub and I feel very lucky to live here. Being Mayor is a great opportunity to support the village and help raise money for local causes.
“Cancer is very personal to me having had breast cancer twice in the last 15 years. One of my best friends has recently been treated for breast cancer and my mother sadly died from ovarian cancer. Members of our fundraising committee have also been treated for different types of cancer. I wanted to nominate a local charity, so Yorkshire Cancer Research was a fitting choice.”
Mayor of Luddenden Karen Page will complete Britain’s top five walks to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research
Karen was first diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a lump in her right breast three days after her 40th birthday. She was treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Following an annual check-up almost 10 years later, a problem with her left breast was discovered. This time the cancer was found at an early stage and only required radiotherapy.
Karen also held a Valentine’s Dinner Dance as part of her year as Mayor, which raised £1,400 to be split equally between Yorkshire Cancer Research and the Mayor’s Fund for local causes. The event, which included a raffle and auction, took place at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Saturday, February 17.
Alex Green, Relationships Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are delighted that Karen has chosen to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research during her year as Mayor of Luddenden and wish her the very best of luck with her walking challenge. The money raised will help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer by supporting innovative research and community health projects.”
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 575 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