April 17, 2024

A Bellway sales advisor from Weston-super-Mare has raised more than £1,500 for Cancer Research UK after conquering the highest peak in Britain.

Rachael Spencer, 46, who works at the housebuilder’s Mead Fields development in Weston-super-Mare, reached the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland on Friday 3 June.

She completed the challenge up and down the mountain in nine hours, having spent the last few months training at weekends by embarking on five-hour treks in the countryside and doing endurance work and weights in the gym.

The gruelling trek was just a warm-up for her next big fundraising challenge – climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, later this year.

All money raised from both climbs will be donated to Cancer Research UK, Bellway’s nominated national charity. The housebuilder will double match the money Rachael manages to raise in sponsorship as part of its ongoing ‘3 For 23’ campaign which aims to raise £3 million for the charity by the end of 2023.

Rachael said: “Cancer Research UK is a charity that is incredibly close to my heart, given that my sister Sharon was diagnosed with bowel cancer in February 2021. Climbing Ben Nevis allowed me to combine my idea to do something to help others who have been impacted by the disease with my desire for a challenge on the back of the coronavirus pandemic. My family and friends thought I was mad when I told them what I intended to do!

“In the lead up to the climb, I had been doing long four or five-hour walks in the hilly countryside around my home, trying to emulate the conditions that would await me on Ben Nevis. It was an immense feeling and a profound sense of achievement to reach the summit, and to be rewarded with such a wonderful view at the top of the snow-capped mountain.

“This successful climb has given me the confidence to take on the world’s fourth largest peak in Mount Kilimanjaro and has given me a renewed sense of self-belief to continue to push myself to do even more to raise money for what is a truly invaluable charity for those with or affected by cancer.”

Rachel Way, Sales Manager for Bellway South West, said: “We are firmly behind Rachael’s efforts to complete these tough physical challenges in aid of Cancer Research UK. We are immensely pleased that her fundraising has got off to such a strong start ahead of her planned climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in September.

“Cancer Research UK is a charity that we have a long-standing relationship with, having raised over £1.95 million for it through various activities since 2016. We are determined to meet our £3 million target by 2023 and double matching Rachael’s own fundraising efforts will help us to achieve this goal.”

To donate to Rachael’s fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, visit her JustGiving page at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/rachaels-giving-page-461.

For more information about Bellway developments in the South West region, visit https://www.bellway.co.uk/new-homes/south-west.