18 August 2011
Wendy at the top of Mont Blanc.
On 1 August, Wendy Nicholls reached the top of Mont Blanc to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support; overcoming poor weather, freezing temperatures and painful ankles.
Wendy went ahead with the trip despite being diagnosed with skin cancer just four days after this trip was booked in February.
Wendy chose to raise money for Macmillan because of the fantastic support she has received from her nurse. Wendy explains; ‘It is so good to have a nurse who is always there for all my hospital appointments and to see a friendly face when I was in for my operation. It is nice that someone in the hospital knows who I am.
'I have also made many friends in a similar situation to me through Macmillan support. It has been really valuable to talk to other people going through the same process of waiting for results and making the adjustment to this diagnosis.’
Despite the poor weather, upon reaching the summit the weather cleared for a fantastic view across Italy, France and Switzerland. Wendy says; ‘It took a lot to get up there, not just that day but in building up the fitness beforehand, doing battle with insurance companies, and learning all the new techniques. It all came together on the day and I felt amazing!’
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way, from the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment to the campaigners improving cancer care.
We would like to thank Wendy for taking on this fantastic challenge to raise money and awareness for Macmillan, and her virgin money page is still open for donations: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WendyNicholls.
If you been inspired to organise your own fundraising challenge please contact the Birmingham and Black Country Fundraising Office on 0121 742 6393.