In 2006 my Dad passed away after an eight week battle with cancer, it was three days after my 15th birthday, and this year I turn 25. Ten years on I am ready to commemorate him in the most fitting way possible, walking up a huge mountain.
I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in the hope of raising lots of money for two causes. ‘Get kids going,’ a charity which enables disabled children to get involved with sport and outdoor pursuits, and The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, which is helping build an amazing new cancer centre that will replace the ward where my father received his treatment. The state of the art building will provide patients and families across the south west with a holistic, healing environment dedicated to making such a difficult time more manageable.
Get Kids Going offers young disabled people the chance to become more involved in sport. My dad, Nigel was a supporter of the charity himself. He was a P.E teacher at Clarendon School in Trowbridge for 27 years and was well known for his passion for getting children to be active. He led local children on Ten Torrs expeditions and many school trips such as skiing and kayaking.
Dad was diagnosed with renal cancer in June 2006. It was a huge shock that such a fierce illness was found in such a fit man. I was just 15 years-old and believed that he was invincible. My dad was the bravest man I’ve ever known and I’m trying to do something that would make him proud.
Cancer has affected so many people, some of my best friends, their families, friends of friends…. As well as remembering my dad, I will be taking time to remember everyone who we have lost to such a devastating illness.
I would like to thank Aston Rose Surveyors, Wessex Drain Services Ltd, Archers Marquees and Kushi Clothing store for their funding and support.
If anyone else would like to donate, please visit www.facebook.com/katesmithclimbingkilimanjaro or www.gofundme.com/29fktsf6