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Issue:- 31 July 2014

Lifelong Friends Raise £1,300 during Mountain Challenge

2 friends from Southport have completed a gruelling 37.5km trek across some of Yorkshire's highest mountains to raise over £1,300 for cancer research in the North West.

Debbie Parkes and Penny Lane took on the marathon Three Peaks Challenge in June this year, to raise as much money as possible for North West Cancer Research (NWCR) Incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research; the region's leading charity which facilitates cancer research into the detection, treatment and prevention of cancers.

The ladies completed the challenge which covered nearly 1,600m of ascent and descent in just over 14 hours, climbing peaks Pen-y Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, which is the highest mountain in Yorkshire at 735m high.

Debbie and Penny first became aware of NWCR through their friend Olive Cutts who is the chair of the charity's Southport-based fundraising committee and Debbie's daughter Danielle has previously volunteered at the committee's fundraisers. Formed in 1957, the committee now has 18 volunteers, many of whom have become involved with the charity after being personally affected by cancer.

Debbie, said:- "We did it! It was certainly a challenge but delighted to say that we have been able to complete the Three Peaks and beat our target of raising £1,000 for North West Cancer Research. We are still receiving more money from last minute donations, so the amount continues to get bigger. Thank you to everyone who donated and supported us along the way, we really couldn't have done it without you. Penny and I have some great memories from the day and are really looking forward to taking on our next challenge. The money we have raised will now help fund vital cancer research in our area. The mission to fund cancer research is close to my heart as the disease has affected so many of my friends and family and the only way to fight it is to fund treatment research."

Penny added:- "We've all been affected by cancer in one way or another, so it was really important for both Debbie and I to do something to support a charity like NWCR.  It was hard work and a real test of our endurance, but totally worth it to raise the amount of money we did."

NWCR is the leading regional charity which raises money to achieve a better understanding of cancer and directly benefits people living in the North West. To date it has raised over £28million to fund cancer research projects and the charity prides itself on only backing the very highest standards of research, ensuring the best value for all donations.

The latest round of research grants has totalled almost £1.1million taking the total amount of research funding awarded by the charity this year over the £2million mark. NWCR operates research institutes at the University of Liverpool, University of Bangor and Lancaster University.   More information on North West Cancer Research can be found at:-

Anne Jackson, CEO at NWCR, said:- "A big well done to Debbie and Penny for their astonishing fund raising efforts and for completing such a tough challenge. Thank you to everyone who showed their support for the ladies and made some very generous donations. All the money raised from fund raising activities such as this, will help fund vital research projects which look at our understanding, treatment and the prevention of cancers right here in the North West; which is why every penny we raise is so important."

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