Nine intrepid walkers, mainly from Andover, Ludgershall and Tidworth, will be taking on the three highest mountains in Great Britain – in just 24 hours – to raise money for a charity that is very close to their hearts.
The team will be scaling the 3 Peaks – of Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scarfell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in North Wales – in a one frantic day next Saturday [6 September] to bring in funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
In a day, they will walk 24 miles, climbing 10,000 feet (and come back down again), and will drive 450 miles in between, in a minibus donated by Wellington Academy in Ludgershall.
The fundraising event has been organised by Kerri Spanswick, and her brother, Alan Brown, who’s mum Sandra Brown died two years ago, aged only 51, after a three-year battle with the cancer.
More funding is desperately needed for research into the deadly disease and Kerri and Alan are doing their best to support the cause.
“People don’t often realise that pancreatic cancer is now the fifth most deadliest cancer. And with a five year relative survival rate of just four per cent, it has the lowest survival rate of all cancers,” said Kerri.
“The survival rates for pancreatic cancer haven’t changed for 40 years. And we want to do whatever we can to help change that.”
She added: “We miss our mum every day. At 51, she should have had many more years with us.
“With more money raised for research, it may have been possible for her to still be here now for birthdays and Christmases.
“With more money for research, my young children would know their nanny better from her visits rather than from her picture.
“We don’t want people to go through the same things as we’ve done. But without more research, nothing will change.
“We hope friends, family – and even strangers – sponsor us. We’re not fussy. It’s a great cause that really needs our support.
Kerri and Alan will be joined on their venture by friends and family including Sharon Hollis, Wendy Price, Sarah Windrass, Georgina Windrass, Marie Spanswick, Gemma Lawton, John Lawton and Fee Labrooy.
To sponsor Kerri and the team go to: www.justgiving.com/Kerri-Spanswick3 or text SPAN51 plus the sponsorship amount (such as SPAN51 £10 or SPAN51 £5) to 70070.
The fundraising venture is also being supported by Omnific Civil Engineering and Electrical and Bull by the Horns, the Andover based PR and writing company.
To find out more about Pancreatic Cancer UK see www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk