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Weekly Edition - Published 12 September 2015


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Husband rises to Three Peaks Challenge for breast cancer services

A husband whose wife is currently fighting breast cancer is preparing to climb the 3 highest peaks in the UK to raise money for new breast care services. Richard Haythorne, alongside a team of R Charity fundraisers, will climb Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike in 24 hours.

Richard's wife is currently receiving treatment for breast cancer in the Linda McCartney Centre at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the environmental health officer from Saron, near Denbigh, North Wales, sees the National Three Peaks Challenge as the perfect opportunity to "give something back". Raising money from the physically demanding trek is an ideal way to say thank you for the care his wife has received from the Royal and across the NHS, says Richard. 

Lesley Haythorne was diagnosed with breast cancer after she noticed a lump while paying fetch with the family dog in June 2013.

While Richard, who can't wait for his wife to meet him at the bottom of the final climb, is used to climbing the likes of Snowdon and Ben Nevis, he thinks the biggest challenge will be maintaining the energy to climb all three in such a short amount of time.

The team set off from the Royal at 8.00am, on Friday, 11 September 2015 and make their way to Ben Nevis (1344m) in Northern Scotland. If all goes to plan they would then complete Scafell Pike (978m) in the Lake District over night before completing Snowdon (1085m) on Saturday, 12 September 2015.

Richard, 43, said:- "The whole process of my wife being diagnosed and the treatment that follows has been very difficult because there are so many ups and downs that you go through, but we've had amazing support from everyone involved at the Royal and across the NHS.  My wife is incredibly strong, though. She always sees the glass as half full and picks me up when I'm feeling low about it. This just seemed like one thing I could do give something back to the people who are helping her.  I can't wait for the challenge. I'm a keen walker anyway so the idea of climbing Scafell Pike in the early hours of the morning is really exciting. I think being on your feet for that long, staying awake and trying to get some rest in a mini bus will be the biggest challenge!"

The R Charity £10million Appeal, which launched this month, will help to provide the most up to date and innovative services in the new Royal, including three new mammography machines for the new Breast Unit which will enable earlier diagnosis of more women and the identification of breast cancer at a curable stage.  To find out how you can become a hospital hero by raising money for the new Royal, email:- or call:- 0151 706 3150.


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