Woman raises thousands for Thornbury cancer charity

July 30 2018
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A local mum has raised £1,800 for a Thornbury charity after a chance playground meeting.

Lucy Whiting was inspired to raise money for the Thornbury charity Brain Tumour Support after a meeting with parents Jennie and Steve Adlam in the school playground.  

When they met in September 2017, Steve had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and he and his family were receiving counselling from the charity. 

Lucy suggested that she could do the Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds through sponsorship.

Steve died in October 2017, aged 48. Lucy said: “Steve’s family is still being helped by Brain Tumour Support, so I wanted to raise funds to enable the charity to support other families in the same situation.” 

Lucy went on to complete the Three Peaks Challenge with the support of her own mum, Jill Bendeaux. They took photographs of Steve with them and took photos with his picture on every peak they climbed. 

The three peaks must be climbed within 24 hours, and they started very early on a Saturday morning with the ascent of Ben Nevis.  Lucy said: “That was hard, about three-quarters of the way up, we saw snow and it was really cold and windy. We had to hold on tight to Steve’s photo as we thought it might blow away.” 

After five hours of hiking, they went back to the mini bus to drive to Scafell Pike. By the time they got to the top the sun was setting, so they had to descend in the dark using head torches. They did their best to eat and sleep on the bus to Snowdon, but arrived tired, making the third and final ascent the hardest. Lucy said: “We were struggling, but it was a beautiful clear day with spectacular views and we made it.”

The mum and daughter team raised £1,800 for Brain Tumour Support. This included over £400 which was raised at a cake sale. Steve’s wife Jennie said: “I’m so proud of Lucy and her mum, and Steve would have been astounded to see how many people have supported Lucy and how many came to support the cake sale.”  

She continued: “Throughout the day people were coming up to me and telling me about their loved ones who had died of brain tumours. I’m glad that our fundraising has got people talking about brain tumours.” 

Tina Mitchell Skinner is the Founder and CEO of Thornbury based charity Brain Tumour Support.  She said: “When my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour 15 years ago, there was nowhere for us to turn to for help. After he died I set up the charity and now we are able to support loved ones across the country with support groups, specialist counselling, on-line support and more. We are so grateful to fundraisers like Lucy. We could not do what we do without them.”