Trio are summit special
A CLAVERING mum is set to tackle one of the UK s toughest challenges in memory of her brother. Siona Tomlinson will be accompanied by her close friends, Catherine Featherstone and Harriet Rand, on the 3-peak Challenge , which will see the trio attempt to
A CLAVERING mum is set to tackle one of the UK's toughest challenges in memory of her brother.
Siona Tomlinson will be accompanied by her close friends, Catherine Featherstone and Harriet Rand, on the '3-peak Challenge', which will see the trio attempt to climb the three highest peaks in Britain in under 24 hours.
The challenge has been organised in memory of Angus Thompson, who tragically died of cancer in 1988 aged just 15.
"Angus was a wonderful boy and a great brother" said Siona. "He had a wicked sense of humour, was a keen sportsman and had lots of friends.
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"People were very supportive when he died and made a big contribution to his memorial fund. I was only 13. Now 34 and with two children, I've finally got the time to do something really positive and lasting in his memory."
The 3-peak Challenge starts with the afternoon ascent of Ben Nevis in Scotland on May 15, transfers to the Lake District to scale Scafell Pike overnight, and is followed by a climb of Snowdon in Wales the following morning.
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Although Siona, Catherine and Harriet have been training hard to get in shape for the challenge, with over 3000m of non-technical climbing and over 10 hours in the car, they are expecting a tough 24 hours.
But through a fundraising website, the trio have drummed up �4000 towards their chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust, which is devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Fittingly, the trust's top priority is building units in NHS hospitals specifically for teenagers with cancer.
"Angus was treated at Leeds General Infirmary and St Barts Hospital in London in an adult ward but would have benefited hugely from an environment geared towards teenagers," said Siona. "The Teenage Cancer Trust does some fantastic work on that front and is a really worthy cause. Hopefully we can get some more sponsorship to go towards it."
She added: "People have been so supportive and it has been fantastic getting in touch with Angus's old friends. It is amazing that they all remember him so fondly."
People wishing to donate to the 3-peak Challenge cause should visit www.justgiving.com/siona-catherine-harriet
For more information on the Teenage Cancer Trust go to www.teenagecancertrust.org