Climb with Ed - over £48,000 raised!

20 January 2016
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10-year-old Ed Gordon-Thomson trekked up Ben Nevis for Children with Cancer UK in May 2015!

Ben Nevis south face
Ed was diagnosed with leukaemia seven years ago when he was two and a half. With a long road ahead and lots more hospital visits to come, he decided to try and complete a challenge to help raise money too.

Ed and the team took on the UK’s highest mountain to raise funds to help other children with cancer.

Every 10 participants were accompanied by an experienced guide and everyone was presented with a certificate from Ed after the challenge.

Starting with a target of £20,000, Ed and his team have raised over £48,000!

Congratulations and thank you Ed. You're an inspiration to us all. And huge thanks to everyone who took part and supported Ed's magnificent challenge. 

Ed’s story

Watch Ed and his mum, Gen, share their story:

"My name is Ed and I was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when I was two and a half. The doctors told my Mummy that it was going to be a long road ahead and initially they didn't think I would survive. But they said they would do everything they could to ensure that I would get better.

I had years of daily chemotherapy, lots of blood transfusions and many other painful drugs. In those years I've spent more time in hospital than I have at home, with five Christmases in hospital too. Mum and I worked it out once. If I left hospital within four weeks of being admitted then that was a short stay and we were lucky to leave so quickly.

Ed and mum at marathonI took special drugs as I couldn’t take the standard drugs because my body struggled to accept them.

It's been seven years now and although I am still going to hospital, having help with lots of things and still fighting to get completely better, I won't give up.

Children with Cancer UK have helped us so much. My Mummy has run three marathons for Children with Cancer UK and organised a pub auction to raise money for their vital research. Now I've climbed up Ben Nevis with my Mummy and Daddy - to help raise money."
Ed, 2015

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