Leeds daughter's NHS fundraising walk with dad who has incurable cancer

A daughter is set to embark on a fundraising walk with her dad who is suffering from incurable cancer and is partially sighted.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 4:45 am
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 7:58 am
Lucy Redford Photo: James Hardisty

Lucy Redford, of Chapeltown, said her 68-year-old dad Malcolm was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of 2020.

She said the cancer has spread to his bones and he wants to tackle some Munros - mountain peaks above 3,000 feet in Scotland - while he still can.

Lucy, 34, and her dad will climb as many Munros as possible on Saturday August 7 and Sunday 8 to raise cash for NHS Charities Together.

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Malcolm Redford

Malcolm lost the majority of sight in his left eye as a result of an accident in training while he was in the army aged 22.

Lucy said her dad also suffers from an eye disease called wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Lucy survived a serious car accident on the M621 in Leeds in December 2011 whe she suffered two broken legs.

She had to undergo reconstructive surgery on her left knee.

Lucy Redford Photo: James Hardisty

She said her father also suffered a smashed kneecap when he had a climbing accident in his twenties and was in a coma for four weeks.

Lucy said: "We want to do something positive in support of the NHS.

"Because without their care neither of us would have had a knee between us.

"Our aim is to summit as many Munros as possible in a weekend. Luckily there are some that are not so far apart according to my dad who is planning our route.

"Even doing one will be an achievement for me, but I imagine the reality will be dad gliding up the mountain whilst I crawl behind, sweating and wanting to go home.

"Without the NHS we would not have the opportunity to try at all.

"So please wish us luck, but most importantly donate to this cause so you can help us put back towards what the NHS did to make us stronger.

Click here to donate to Lucy's JustGiving page.