A woman has climbed to one of the tallest points in the UK to raise over £3,000 for Brain Tumour Research – just 18 months after being diagnosed with the disease herself.
Jenny Lambert, of Fimber near Driffield, was diagnosed with a grade four brain tumour after a series of vision problems and initially thought she had had a stroke.
But, just 18 months after the terrible news, 61-year-old Jenny regained her strength and battled one of the highest hills in the Lake District, Blencathra, also known as Saddleback, which stands at 2,848ft tall.
Jenny, who owns Land Drainage Consultancy Ltd with her husband, Ray, said: “Blencathra towers over our small holiday cottage and to be able to look at it now and think, ‘I’ve climbed that’, gives me a huge sense of achievement.
“Despite temperatures hitting 30C, 20 of us and eight dogs reached the top. It was a severe challenge but it was so satisfying and enjoyable to achieve it. We all celebrated with champagne at the top.”
Words of encouragement from world-renowned mountaineer Doug Scott CBE, who coincidentally lives next door to the Lambert’s holiday cottage in the Lake District, also spurred Jenny on throughout her challenge.
Doug is best known for his 1975 Everest expedition in which he and Dougal Haston became the first to ascend the south-west face of the world’s highest peak.
His greatest adventure, however, came two years later when he reached the summit of the Ogre with Chris Bonnington, but broke both legs during the subsequent descent and had to crawl to base camp.
Jenny said: “Discovering I had a brain tumour was devastating but the excellent care I’ve received at Hull Royal Infirmary has spurred me on to give something back.
“More research is needed into brain tumours and I’m anxious to help improve the outcomes for people going through the same experience as I have. I’ve raised over £3,000 so far but I want to continue doing whatever I can.”
Luke and Ben Lambert, Jenny’s sons, will add to her total in September by completing the Great North Run.
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
Carol Robertson, head of community fundraising at the Brain Tumour Research charity, said: “Jenny’s mountain climb is a tremendous achievement and we are extremely grateful to her for fundraising. The money raised will help us in our mission to build a network of experts in sustainable research.
“We are funding dedicated UK Centres of Excellence where scientists are focused on improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.”
To make a donation to the Brain Tumour Research charity via Jenny’s JustGiving page.
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