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Ain’t no mountain high enough for Anna’s family fundraising challenge

13 August 2013

Considering she’s already pushed herself to complete a skydive and swim the English Channel just four years after learning the front crawl, you’d think that Anna Gomori, 43, might want to take a well-earned rest from her charity fundraising.

The Gomori family

The Gomori-Woodcock family: Anna, husband Nigel, Joshua and Cosmo

But it seems the plucky mother of two from Coton in Cambridge hasn’t quite finished yet. Anna is determined to reach her £25,000 target in memory of her mother, Gudrun, who died from pancreatic cancer – and has organised a family fundraiser to climb Ben Nevis later this month.

Altogether, parents and children of seven local families will be hoping to complete the climb in less than 10 hours to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.  

There are 16 children in total taking part in the gruelling climb, representing both Coton Primary School and Comberton Village College. Among these will be Anna's own two children, eight year old Cosmo, and Joshua - the youngest team member at 4 years old - who has proudly been telling his friends at nursery school that he’s “in training” for the climb.

Says Anna: “The boys have seen me complete many fundraising events and wanted to help me reach my target and I’m proud of them both. It’s especially poignant for me that both boys are so keen, as Cosmo was too young to remember my mum and she died before she was able to meet Joshua.

“Since mum died I’ve heard of so many people dying from this awful disease and this renews my motivation to keep raising money to help find something that can help more people survive.”

Anna, her husband Nigel and the boys have been training by taking long walks in the Peak District, and she says the boys have coped really well.

“I think the children will fare better than most of the adults! For us parents, it’s not the climbing up that’s bothering us, it’s the climb back down and the wear and tear on our knees!”

The team has been given a 5-day slot in August during which, if weather permits, they will be given the official go-ahead to start their climb.

Anna has been fundraising for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund for two years, during which time she’s organised more than a dozen events.

“I think about mum every day and I miss her enormously,” says Anna. “It would mean so much to me to finally reach the target figure and we’re so nearly there. I’ve had support from so many friends and people locally over the years, and the number of people joining us on this latest adventure is another example of their generosity of spirit.”

If you can help Anna reach her target, please go to her online donation page at: http://www.justgiving.com/Anna-Gomori-Woodcock

 

 

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