AN Aylesbury family is preparing to climb Mount Snowdon in memory of a loved one who died of prostate cancer.
Harry Evans, a Year 8 pupil from The Grange School and his cousin, Ed Morton, who is in Year 9 at Aylesbury Grammar School, will set off for the summit on May 19.
They want to raise more than £2,000 for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre in London.
Their grandfather, David Head of Ledburn, passed away aged 71 in October 2011 following a 10 year battle with prostate cancer.
The cousins’ fathers, Phil and Jason and uncle, Jon Rudd, will also be on the trip, as will Harry’s friend, Charlie Lowe, who attends the John Colet, and his father, Kerry.
They have called their group, Grandad’s Army.
Harry’s mother, Sue, said: “Everyone is very excited, it is a once in a lifetime chance.
“We just hope that the weather holds – last year the weather was appalling and people couldn’t get to the summit. Fingers crossed that the rain holds off.”
She said the boys ‘just wanted to do something’ to help following the death of their grandad.
“It is the second highest cause of death of men in the UK which is incredible and my maternal grandfather died of it in the 70s so it is quite prevalent in my family, as it is in the UK.”
The Prostate Cancer Research Centre is based at University College London. Its work is respected internationally with scientists working to understand the development of prostate cancer and how to manage the disease.
If you would like to sponsor the team please go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilnHarry-43