The Channel 4’s Hunted stars are climbing to the top of Britain’s highest mountain to raise £50,000 to fund cancer treatment for their teammate’s wife.
His charity campaign, Peak Aid, was organized by members of the cast to raise money for former detective George Rhoden’s wife, Dawn, who is battling pancreatic cancer.
The Channel 4 show challenges members of the public and celebrities to stay out of sight and stay on a large scale for two weeks as a team of professional raiders from the police, intelligence agencies and military try to try to track them down.
Hunters participating in Peak Aid will climb the highest points in each of the 94 counties in England, Scotland and Wales – which will see them climb 91 peaks throughout September and October.
Speaking to the PA news agency from a Peak Aid event in Dorset, Mr. Rhoden, 60, said: “I’ve been in Hunted for many years but the people present on this show are the best. that I have ever worked with any program.
“For them to come together and do this for Dawn is an absolutely phenomenal feat and she sends her love to the entire Hunted family.”
Ms. Rhoden, 66, went to see her GP in January after experiencing stomach pain, which she attributed to stress during an exercise class.
A few weeks later, she was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and was immediately placed on aggressive chemotherapy programs that lasted about three months.
Funds raised by Peak Aid will go towards Ms. Rhoden’s cancer care and international treatment, with the proceeds also being donated to Cancer Research UK.
“Pancreatic cancer is probably one of the deadliest forms of cancer,” said Mr. Rhoden.
“Dawn had to go through some more chemotherapy because the first one didn’t work properly.
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“The £50,000 we are trying to raise through Peak Aid will help her private care and fund the international treatments we are currently looking at.”
The couple has six children, met in 1996 on Mrs. Rhoden’s 40th birthday and married four years later.
Mr. Rhoden has described his wife as his “absolute rock” and said her strength has inspired the entire Hunted team to take on the Peak Aid challenge.
“She’s my rock, she’s my queen, and I couldn’t have gone through my police duty without her,” he said.
“Dawn has been positive and resilient throughout her chemotherapy, despite facing what she is going through.
“It was especially difficult for her but her resilience is absolutely amazing.
“Also, the support of the Hunted family has enlightened her and given her strength to keep going.”
The Peak Aid group has so far scaled up 17 peaks, including Scafell Pike in Cumbria, Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire and Ditchling Beacon in East Sussex.
Another member, ground hunter James Hey is leading the Peak Aid project and admits that he is “learning all the time”.
Mr Hey, 43, told PA: “Finding all the high points across the UK requires a bit of planning ahead and we are always learning.
“We actually found a high point in Kent, in a guy’s back garden and a couple of us went there last weekend.
“We are meeting a lot of great people along the way and they are all very supportive.
“It was basically a team effort, not just from the ground hunters, but the people at HQ, the companies involved, and the people supporting us – all completely great.”
Mr. Rhoden hopes that the Peak Aid fundraiser for his wife will also raise awareness about cancer and encourage others to visit their GP.
“Dawn is very healthy and so this diagnosis was quite a shock to her,” Mr. Rhoden said.
“I hope other people can look at this and it might encourage them to see a doctor at an earlier stage.
“Whether it’s prostate cancer or the flu, if you’re concerned, contact your doctor as soon as possible,” he added.
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