Worthing cancer patient completes charity challenge

A CANCER patient has completed a grueling challenge to commemorate her mother, who died of the disease last year.

Worthing’s Ali Durrant has completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for a charity that has been helping her mum Angela.

Angela died of cervical cancer in January 2021, and Ali was diagnosed with breast cancer just eight months later.

Earlier this summer, 12 weeks after completing her own cancer treatment, Ali completed the 24-mile hike in less than 12 hours.

Together with her husband Ben, they raised over £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support as a thank you for the support Ali has received.

Ali, head of production at a London video game company, said: “When my mother died of cancer, the grief was overwhelming for me.

The Argus: Ali and her motherAli and her mother

“Then, eight months later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“After that there were a lot of appointments and hospital related things and with each one I had support from Macmillan nurses.

“I also called Macmillan’s hotline shortly after my diagnosis because I felt I really needed support.

“The person who took my call was so kind, listened to everything I was going through and gave me great advice on how to deal with the feeling of being overwhelmed.

“He offered me further advice from Bupa, for which I was incredibly grateful.”

Ali wanted to complete the Three Peaks Challenge to “repay the kindness” shown to her by the charity.

The Argus: Ali and BenAli and Ben

The 42-year-old said: “Mum lived in Yorkshire and it was on her birthday weekend so it seemed appropriate.

“I couldn’t exercise much because I had radiation therapy, but my husband came to see me and we kind of got through it together.

“The weather was terrible. There was no visibility and it rained heavily for nine of the 12 hours, but we made it through.

“And we raised over £2,000 so it was worth every step.”

Macmillan Regional Fundraising Manager Emma Hammett said: “We were very saddened to hear of Ali’s loss and of her own cancer diagnosis, but were delighted that Macmillan was able to support her at this very difficult time by providing her with emotional and practical support offered.

“We are so grateful for their support as Macmillan Cancer Support is 98 percent funded by public donations and our ability to transform the lives of people living with cancer is possible thanks to supporters like Ali and Ben.”

For information on fundraising for Macmillan go to:

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