Family’s cancer battle inspires mountain climb

Abbi Griffiths and Robyn Ward, will be climbing mount kilimanjaro to raise money for Breast Cancer Care  in 2014 after her mum and nan both had cancer and recoverd.
Abbi Griffiths and Robyn Ward, will be climbing mount kilimanjaro to raise money for Breast Cancer Care in 2014 after her mum and nan both had cancer and recoverd.
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A 20-YEAR-OLD from Daventry whose family have been touched by cancer twice, is joining a friend to climb one of the world’s largest mountains charity.

Abbi Griffiths and Robyn Ward, from The Grange, aim to raise £8,000 before July 2014 when they will set off on a 19,341-feet climb up Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

The pair, who both work at Fridays pub in the town, felt inspired to raise money for Breast Cancer Care after Miss Griffiths’ mum was diagnosed with the disease in August of this year and underwent a mastectomy to remove a stage three tumour from behind her breast.

Miss Griffiths said: “We have had a difficult couple of months and my mum didn’t have a straightforward diagnosis.

“She went to have a single mastectomy on the left side but they found cancerous tissue on the other side and she had to have both breasts removed.

“But she did really well and thankfully we got the all-clear last week and she is now having chemotherapy.”

The family also battled cancer three years ago when Miss Griffiths’ grandmother also underwent a double mastectomy and has since recovered from cancer.

Miss Griffiths said: “The charity is very close to my heart and we wanted to do something different to try and raise money.

“It’s a big challenge but that’s what we wanted.”

The pair will be climbing with Action Challenge - an organisation which takes teams of people around the world on charity challenges.

They held their first fundraising event at the weekend with a coffee morning and hope to hold a charity ball speed dating evening and other events in future to raise funds towards their target.

To donate to Miss Griffiths and Miss Ward visit www.justgiving.com/kclimb2014.

Or for more information about the challenge visit www.kilimanjarochallenge.com.