A mother and daughter duo from Pickering are preparing to climb Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain, to raise more funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Last year, Bridget Clark and her teenage daughter Grace took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, completing a total of 24 miles and 1,524m of ascent in under 11 hours. The pair raised more than £2,300 with the help of the charity’s Pickering Committee.
Bridget said: “It was a tough challenge for both of us. Grace was just 14 and neither of us had previously done any hill walking, but now we have got the bug.”
Part of last year’s training included climbing Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and after the Yorkshire Three Peaks they went on to climb Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak.
With two of the ‘National Three Peaks’ already under their belt, they’ve decided to complete the triple challenge by reaching the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland and the British Isles at 1,345m.
Ken Chadwick, Chairman of Pickering Committee, said “We are delighted that Bridget and Grace are prepared to undertake such a gruelling challenge to raise funds for us again and we will do everything we can to help them.”
Yorkshire Cancer Research is dedicated to raising awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, promoting the national cancer screening programmes and investing in innovative research projects at every stage of the cancer patient’s journey, from diagnosis to end of life care.
In January the charity announced a £7m investment in ground breaking initiatives that will improve lung cancer outcomes and increase early diagnosis in the county as part of a wider strategy to ensure that 2,000 more people living in Yorkshire survive cancer every year by 2025.
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.