We are climbing Mount Kinabalu to raise money for Macmillan nurses

If you or a anyone you know has been affected by cancer, you’ll most likely be aware of the incredible support Macmillan provide. Over the last couple of years they have been an invaluable support to our family and friends. Together we want to raise as much money as we can for Macmillan, our small way of saying thank you.

Kim’s story

In 2013 my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His treatment will continue for the rest of his life and at the moment any growth of the cancer is delayed by the medication.

As a family we thought we’d had our fair share of bad news, surely in our small family of four we wouldn’t have to go through this again. A few months ago mum was diagnosed with throat and mouth cancer. In came the shock and numbing feeling yet again.

She’s just finished an intense period of radio and chemotherapy. I’d be lying if I said it was easy, it’s been one heck of a roller coaster and there’s still a long way to go. The Macmillan nurses have always had the right words, the best advice and the time to help and listen.

Mums radiotherapy was 5 days a week at St James Hospital. As I sat and waited for her, most days I would see patients and family members reading Macmillan literature or speaking to one of the nurses. Most likely finding some comfort in the same way I did.

I’m asking for you to PLEASE sponsor me as I embark on this crazy, gruelling hike up a HUGE mountain. My goal is to raise at least £3,000 but I hope to smash that before November.

It’s clear why I want to give something back to Macmillan, to me they are incredible. I’m also doing it for my colleagues at the BBC, some who have beaten cancer and those who are currently fighting it. And in memory of Joe Maiden, who we sadly lost last year. His final days were spent in the care of the Macmillan nurses.

It’s a sad but true fact that more and more of us are being affected by cancer. In my heart I truly hope that you’ll never be touched by this harrowing disease. If you are, then turn to Macmillan, they’re simply amazing. I would have been lost without them.

Kay’s story

Chrissy M, Aunty Rose, Joe Maiden and Ali Brownlee.

Four reasons why I want to support Macmillan and to say thank you to them for the support and care they have given my friends and family when they have needed it most. Without them so many I know would have been lost.

I can’t bring loved ones back or create a cure but I can raise money to ensure this fantastic charity carries on helping others.

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