Richmond woman climbs mountains for charity after dad diagnosed with cancer

From left, Reece Gregory, Sarah Watson, Jemma Gregory and Colin Gregory.

A Richmond woman has organised a mountain hike in the Lake District after her father was diagnosed with cancer.

Jemma Gregory, 33, climbed Helvellyn and Skiddaw in aid of Myeloma UK.

The communications coordinator at The Station in Richmond organised the event after her dad Colin was diagnosed with the blood cancer in March of this year.

Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a blood cancer arising from plasma cells.

At any one time there are around 17,500 people living with myeloma in the UK.

It accounts for 15 per cent of blood cancers, and two per cent of all cancers. Myeloma mainly affects those over the age of 65, however it has been diagnosed in people much younger.

Jemma completed the challenge with brother Reece Gregory and cousin Sarah Watson, with dad Colin meeting the team at the end of the challenge.

On the day of the challenge on August 16 they endured heavy rain and strong winds, but managed to climb more than 5,000ft and ten miles in around seven hours.

Jemma said: “I am so proud that we managed to do this for my dad.

“He has faced his diagnosis with so much bravery and determination and we wanted to show how much he means to us by completing this challenge, all whilst raising money for Myeloma UK so they can continue their vital research.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who has donated and I’m already planning on doing another challenge in the near future once I’ve recovered.”

If anyone else would like to donate, the link is www.gofundme.com/hike-for-myeloma