A chance conversation in a primary school playground led a young mum to take on the legendary 24hr Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Brain Tumour Support.
In September 2017, Lucy Whiting spoke to Jennie and Steve Adlam in the playground of their children's primary school. Steve had been diagnosed with a brain tumour at the beginning of the year and the family was receiving counselling help through Brain Tumour Support. Lucy, known by Steve as “the marathon lady” because he could never remember her name, suggested she could do the Three Peaks Challenge for BTS and Steve thought it was a great idea as long as he didn’t have to do it with her!
Sadly, Steve died in October 2017. He was 48. “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,” said Lucy, who completed the challenge with her mother Jill Bendeaux. Steve was also there – Lucy and Jill took photographs of Steve with them and took pictures of themselves with Steve’s picture on every peak.
Lucy and Jill’s 24hr adventure started early on a Saturday morning with the ascent of Ben Nevis. “That was hard,” said Lucy. “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, it was back into the mini bus to drive to Scafell Pike. By the time Lucy and Jill got to the top, the sun was setting and they had to descend in the dark using head torches. They tried to sleep and eat in the bus on the journey to Snowdon but arrived tired, making the last ascent the toughest. “We were struggling,” said Lucy. “But it was a beautiful clear day with spectacular views and we made it!”
Lucy and Jill have raised over £1,800, including £444 which was raised at a cake sale in Steve’s honour.“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,” said Jennie, Steve’s wife. “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, Brain Tumour Support Founder and CEO, 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.”
If you are inspired to take on a challenge, or would like to raise funds as a special way to remember or support someone close to you, please contact our fundraising team firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what opportunities are coming up.