On the 28th April, I will be climbing the summit of Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s tallest mountain! This won’t be easy, but I will have the support of some wonderful Ambassadors and supporters of World Child Cancer who are taking on the challenge with me.
I am taking part in this trek because I believe all children should have equal access to treatment and care, no matter where they were born. Having a child with cancer is a terrifying thing for parents anywhere, but in developing countries with no health service and everything having to be paid for, it is an enormous burden for the parents and for the child.
When visiting our projects, it is impossible not to notice that the help we are able to offer is way below the need that exists. What I have learnt is that most children can survive - if there are well trained healthcare professionals, and families are supported with the costs of treatment and travel. Therefore, my greatest priority as Chief Executive of World Child Cancer is to increase the amount of money we raise in order to save more children’s lives. This trek seems like a good way to do it, which is why we are aiming to raise £80,000 for children with cancer.
With this being my first charity trek, the original individual fundraising target of £3,000 seemed very daunting, but with your wonderful support, I have already beaten that initial goal! However, as always there is so much more that can be done to help us reach our overall team target.
Fundraising aside, the real challenge will be doing the trek itself! Despite having done some similar challenges in the past, this will be the greatest altitude I have walked to. I just hope that I can avoid altitude sickness and reach the summit – which I am absolutely determined to do!
If I can’t quite convince you to take on one of our challenge events for World Child Cancer, then please consider donating to help me raise as much as possible and give the gift of growing up to children with cancer. Thank you to all those that have supported my challenge so far, you really are helping to save lives.