Devoted brother Ashley Hodson is preparing to climb one of the world’s highest mountains after being inspired by his sister’s battle with cancer.
Mr Hodson will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on September 8 to raise cash for Bowel Cancer UK, which has helped his sister Kirsty Leaf, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2012.
Mr Hodson, 29, of Whisperwood Road, Outwood, said: “My sister’s diagnosis has made me realise what a terrible disease this.
“I’m doing the climb as a personal challenge for me but also to raise money and raise awareness that bowel cancer can strike at any time and affect us at any age.”
Mrs Leaf, 31, who lives in Priory Mews, Stanley, with her four-year-old son Mason, had treatment for the disease, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and in January 2013 was told she was in remission.
But routine scans earlier this year showed the cancer had returned in her lungs and liver and she has since started a new course of chemotherapy.
The siblings’ mum, Kim Hodson, said: “I am so proud of Ashley, when he told me what he wanted to do I cried.
“I do worry but he is always careful and well prepared.
“As part of his preparation for Kilimanjaro he did the Three Peaks Challenge in July, which involved climbing Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis and he said it was okay.”
Mr Hodson hopes his Mount Kilimanjaro climb will raise £1,000 for Bowel Cancer UK’s Never Too Young campaign that supports young people living with the disease.
Dani Freedland, from Bowel Cancer UK, said: “Without people like Ashley doing amazing fundraising events like this, Bowel Cancer UK couldn’t continue to do the vital work it does to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/ashley-hodson1.