Thursday, 21 October 2021

Team Triglav on target

A GROUP of adventurous parents have hit their fund-raising target of £100,000 for Cancer Research UK.

A GROUP of adventurous parents have hit their fund-raising target of £100,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Team Triglav were inspired by Jo Taylor, a teacher assistant at Crazies Hill Primary School, which her daughter Millie attends.

Mrs Taylor, 45, of Aston Lane, Remenham, was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago and the disease spread to her lungs and liver.

In 2010, she and her husband Grant, 46, joined the 20-strong group in climbing 2,864m Mount Triglav in Slovenia, raising £53,000.

In September, the friends undertook a Commando-style challenge in the Lake District, canoeing 16.5km, climbing 10km and cycling 20km in less than 12 hours, taking the total to £94,000.

Verity Bennett, the daughter of Team Triglav members Steve and Magda Bennett, raised a further £2,000 by running the London Marathon, and £500 was donated by Jenny Coker, who took part in an endurance challenge.

The target was reached with an anonymous donation that coincided with Henley being twinned with Bled, the Slovenian home of rowing.

Jonathan Hobbs, who started the twinning talks with Mr Bennett in 2010, hosted a party at his company’s Henley boatyard following the charter signing.

Mr Hobbs, of Wargrave Road, Henley, said: “There were several members of Team Triglav there and we mentioned that we were at £99,250. Then we found out the following day that someone had donated £750.”

His wife Suzy said: “The donor said that they had been following our progress for three years and I love that we will never know who it was.”

A year ago, doctors discovered three tumours in Mrs Taylor’s brain for which she had more radiotherapy. She is now on strong medication to reduce their size.

She said: “The treatment is ongoing and the drugs have to be approved by Bupa because they are expensive.

“I am feeling much better than I have done and I am starting to lose some of the weight that I put on from the steroids and as a side effect of the drugs. The horrible thing is I cannot drive but I am still working three days a week.It has been important having things in the diary — it really helps. It is hard but I need the focus and it is nice to keep something going no matter what it is.

“We have raised a huge amount of money and although we are a very different group of people, it really works.

“I knew we would hit the target but we started off thinking we would raise £15,000 which is a lot of money, then we kept raising it and raising it. I am over the moon.”

Mrs Taylor has been nominated for Cancer Research UK’s Flame of Hope award for fund-raising and will attend a ceremony in London on May 24.

She said: “For me the award is for all of us and it is an honour to have been nominated.”

The group plans to continue fund-raising. The parents’ children took part in a Great British Bake Off-style event at the Berkshire College of Agriculture on Sunday.

Mr Hobbs said: “Team Triglav has been handed over to the next generation.”

Mrs Taylor is arranging a Valentine’s Ball to be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Reading in February.

Joanna McGuinness, regional manager for Cancer Research UK, said: “Team Triglav are fantastic and will have allowed us to fund a clinical trial, potentially saving thousands of lives, which is an amazing legacy. We can’t thank them enough.”

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