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Rachel has the X Factor to reach her fundraising target – and climb two mountains!

Rachel has the X Factor to reach her fundraising target – and climb two mountains!

25 September 2012

Tickets for this year’s X Factor final were up for grabs at a pub quiz and raffle organised by Rachel Bryant from Huntingdon in memory of her dad Jim – a lifelong advocate and supporter of youth football who founded the Huntingdonshire Mini Soccer League.

The event, which took place on 20 September, raised over £500 for PCRF and kickstarted a major fundraising drive by Rachel to raise £1,500 for much needed research.  Jim had battled with pancreatic cancer for 10 months before succumbing to the disease in May this year, aged just 64.

As well as the X Factor tickets, Rachel’s employer, the telecoms company TalkTalk, also donated two top of the range mobile phones. Local businesses also rallied round to generously provide raffle prizes and the Barley Mow pub, which hosted the quiz evening, donated money from the quiz entry to help Rachel reach her target.  “I’ve been really touched by everybody’s support,” she says.

In October, Rachel (33) will combine her fundraising with a longstanding personal ambition to go travelling. As a tribute to her dad, she’ll stop off to trek up two mountains  - Machu Picchu in Peru and the W Circuit, in the Torres del Paine in Chile - to raise further money for PCRF. 

 “Words can’t describe how much we miss Dad,” says Rachel. “He was such fun to be around - always laughing and joking - and he showed us how to face whatever life threw at us with a positive mental attitude. He was tireless in his work to encourage and support youth football across the county and he should have had many more years ahead of him.  We need to find new ways of treating pancreatic cancer so that others have a chance of surviving.”

Having completed the Three Peaks Challenge in the Lake District last year, Rachel had originally hoped to climb three mountains, but settled on climbing two instead. “I realised I was going to have to scale back, despite training so hard,” she says. “The Three Peaks taught me that whilst the going up is really tough, mentally and physically, it’s the coming back down that really hurts and I just hope my knees hold out!

“I’d always wanted to go travelling and secured the time off from work before my dad was diagnosed. He was really excited for me and I think it’s something that he would have loved to do himself.  I’ll be thinking about him every step of the way and I’m especially looking forward to standing on top of a mountain and taking some time to remember him in such beautiful, tranquil surroundings. I think it’ll be a special time where I’ll feel much closer to him.”

To read more about Rachel’s fundraiser or to donate, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Bryant1

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