The 'Love Beth' 3 Peaks Cycle 2023
Fundraising for Bone Cancer Research Trust
In 2020, just at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, our 11-year old daughter, Beth, was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called Ewings Sarcoma.
After confirming the diagnosis, she was fitted with a special medical line for the administration of chemotherapy drugs on Christmas Eve 2020.
She began her chemotherapy in Southampton hospital on Christmas Day 2020 when she should have been at home.
After nine months of chemotherapy, surgery and finally radiotherapy we received the joyous news that she was all-clear from the disease. We enjoyed nine months of bliss together as a family before the disease returned in the summer of 2022.
The disease returned so aggressively there was nothing we could do to prevent it taking her life and we were told she only had three months left. We made the absolute most of our time together before she passed peacefully from this world in October 2022.
Beth has left a gaping hole in our lives. She was everything to us all and quite simply our lives and those of her friends will never be the same again. But we would like to do something in her name to make a difference to those who might suffer from this horrendous disease in the future. That's why we have created a special fund under the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) called 'Love Beth'.
Our mission with the Love Beth fund is simple; we want to raise as much money for research into combating Ewing sarcoma as possible - until it is gone.
In August this year my friend, Neil Winstanley, and I will be completing the famous three peaks of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. But rather than climb the mountains and then drive between them - we're going to cycle the 500 miles instead. We aim to achieve this inside five days from the 31st of August 2023.
As a first fundraising effort in her memory, over the five days we will travel 500 miles and climb over 23,000 feet. To put that in context Everest is 29,000 feet!
Whilst a huge physical challenge, any pain we encounter training and completing this is insignificant to what Beth endured. On a more spiritual point, there will be something special about being so high up each mountain and somehow closer to Beth.
Times are hard and people are often asking for money but if you have a spare pound or more then I guarantee it is going to an extremely worthy cause. Government funding for childhood cancer is pathetically low. We need desperately to fund research otherwise more children will face the same fate as our daughter.
Please give what you can and anything you give is so gratefully received.
Thank you from Neil, myself, Beth's mum Aby and most importantly from Beth x
To read Beth's full story, please take a look here on the Special Funds page of the Bone Cancer Research Trust: https://specialfunds.bcrt.org.uk/love-beth/