Big charity challenge ahead for Mayor of Luddenden

The Mayor will be taking on five walks in aid of charity
The Mayor will be taking on five walks in aid of charity

The Mayor of Luddenden is taking on a mammoth challenge in aid of  Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Training design consultant Karen Page, who is the mayor of the village, will embark on a series of hikes between April and August with the aim of raising more than £2,000 for the charity.

Karen and Bobby

Karen and Bobby

Her first walk, to the summit of Catbells, will take place tomorrow (Tuesday).

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Karen has survived breast cancer twice and was first diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a lump in her right breast three days after her 40th birthday.

She was treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Following an annual check-up almost 10 years later, a problem with her left breast was discovered. This time the cancer was found at an early stage and only required radiotherapy.

She said: “We live in a beautiful conservation village with a great community spirit, centred around a fantastic village pub and I feel very lucky to live here. Being Mayor is a great opportunity to support the village and help raise money for local causes.

“Cancer is very personal to me having had breast cancer twice in the last 15 years. One of my best friends has recently been treated for breast cancer and my mother sadly died from ovarian cancer. Members of our fundraising committee have also been treated for different types of cancer. I wanted to nominate a local charity, so Yorkshire Cancer Research was a fitting choice.”

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Karen will be joined on her walks by her dog Bobby, a spaniel, whom she appointed as her deputy during an official Mayor Making Ceremony.

She will climb Catbells, Helvellyn and England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike in the Lake District, tackle the rugged limestone terrain of Malham and Gordale Scar in the Yorkshire Dales, and battle her way to the summit of Snowdon.

To sponsor Karen, please visit www.justgiving.com/luddmayor2018.