Plea for help in cancer crusade for south Lincolnshire children

Amanda Smith (left) and Val Gillick continue their crusade for children with cancer. ANL-160219-151515001
Amanda Smith (left) and Val Gillick continue their crusade for children with cancer. ANL-160219-151515001
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Two women are continuing their crusade to raise cash for children with cancer and are appealing to business bosses to lend a helping hand.

Gosberton woman Val Gillick, who last year turned part of her home into a charity shop to raise cash for young cancer patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, and a Boston friend, Amanda Smith, have already raised around £3,000.

Their campaign was inspired by courageous children and teenagers from this area who are treated at Addenbrooke’s, including a young lad from Boston.

In September the duo completed the arduous Man Versus Mountain Snowdon run and their next big fundraiser is a Mad Hatter’s Charity Ball at The Poachers Hotel, Kirton Holme, on Saturday, March 19.

Tickets are sold out but Val and Amanda want to make a mint on the night for their good cause and are appealing to businesses to donate prizes to the raffle and auction.

Shops including Boston-based Coneys, Cammacks and Wilcox and Carter have given prizes.

Amanda also has a signed football from Manchester United and a 90-minute flight simulator to auction off.

She said: “We want to make as much money as possible on the night and, hopefully, the better the prizes we get the more money people will give.”

Val and Amanda proved their own toughness on Snowdon, running firstly at a steady pace as they went 13 miles to the summit and then tackling a series of daunting obstacles.

Val said: “On the way down we contemplated whether to take part in the terrifying obstacles that lay ahead – an abseil, a quarry jump, a vertical uphill kilometre, several water dips, a slide into freezing water, a 25m swim and closing with three wall climbs to the finish line.

“Without a second thought Amanda and I put on the blinkers and completed the whole event.”

They duo were frozen stiff, exhausted and filled with aches and pains.

Val told us: “The pain and suffering for us is over but for the little (Boston) boy and all children suffering with cancer, their pain and treatment is a much longer journey than a few hours spent running up a mountain.

“Just to be diagnosed with such a disease would be a life-stopping moment, not just for the patient but for the whole family too.”

• To donate a prize please call Amanda on 07729 387404.

Previously ...

Twenty mile run over a mountain

Mums’ mountain run for kids with cancer