BLOOD cancer research charity, Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK offers a wide range of exciting events and fundraising opportunities throughout the year for individuals, friends, families and corporate groups to take part in and raise essential funds.
The money raised is invested into specialist research to understand the causes of blood cancer, and to find more effective treatments through the use of stem cells to protect the next generation.
Meet LMRUK’s latest fundraiser
A night-time trek up the highest mountain in Wales in aid of Leukaemia and Myeloma Research UK (LMRUK) is the fundraising challenge that Naomi Robinson and Dominic Cleary from Wigan in Lancashire have set themselves
The pair are determined to succeed in the ‘Snowdon At Night Challenge’ to support and raise vital funds for a charity that is close to their hearts, and in memory of Dom’s father, Dennis Cleary who passed away from leukaemia in 2015 aged 62.
Dom, a joiner, and Naomi who works for an advertising agency, set themselves a fundraising target of £500 each, which they are thrilled to have already exceeded. Dom said:
“We wanted to do something to help those who are working so hard to find a cure for blood cancer so that other people can keep their loved ones around longer.”
Organisers of the Snowdon challenge, taking place on the 18th and 19th of June, say the hike up the 1,085 metres peak will test participants’ physical and mental limits. In total, it’s eight hours of trekking over 21km of uneven terrain, reaching a height of 975 metres – but without the help of daylight on the way up!
“Dom likes to walk a lot and gets out with his dog Lola, but I’m just not an ‘outdoorsy’ person. We have been out on a few long walks locally and on a recent holiday to Italy, we did a steep uphill walk to Basilica de San Luca in Bologna. That was quite tough, but reaching the top was worth the effort and the views.”
The ‘Snowdon At Night’ Challenge is described as the perfect event for those of an adventurous spirit or who have completed a previous trek and want to push themselves further. Participants are supported every step by experienced, first-aid trained mountain leaders from the starting point in Llanberis, in the heart of Snowdonia National Park to the summit. It’s expected that they will reach the top at sunrise where they will celebrate with a hearty breakfast brunch before descending via the same footpath.
“We’re both a little bit nervous, I think overcoming the tiredness will be challenging and as it is so dark, not knowing how far you have been, or have to go, will be quite difficult too. We are determined to make it though. We have had so much support from family members, particularly my mum Kay and sisters Kate, Jennie and Alice.”
More than anything, the couple are determined to succeed to honour Dennis’s memory. Dom explained:
“He was a strong, well-liked family man with a big personality and was very well known and respected in the area. He had a lot of time for people and even now, more than seven years after he passed, I’m regularly approached by people who knew him, and they always have a fond memory or kind word.”
If you’ve been inspired by Naomi and Dom’s story and you’d like to try something new to raise vital funds for LMRUK, visit their website today to explore the wide range of fundraising opportunities across the country, https://lmruk.org/fundraising-events-and-challenges/. There really is something for everyone!