Sunderland dad-of-three raises over £3,500 by climbing Scafell Pike while battling incurable cancer

A Sunderland dad has raised thousands for Children with Cancer UK as he climbs 3,209 feet up Scafell Pike – all while going through his own cancer battle.

Sunday, 15th August 2021, 4:55 am

Chris Johnson, from High Barnes, climbed to the summit of Scafell Pike on Monday, August 9, as part of his birthday 42nd birthday celebrations.

Following the devastating news, Chris wanted to boost the spirits of wife Lucy and their three children, Luke, Molly, and Nancy, so he set his sights on running the London Marathon in October on behalf of Children with Cancer UK.

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Chris at the top of Scafell Pike on Monday, August 9.

After completing the climb, Chris commented: “It wasn’t easy and my legs felt a little stiff but thankfully the weather was cool enough to walk and sunny enough for the views so I really enjoyed it.

"About two thirds of the way up the mountain, the weather became really cloudy so it meant that there were no views from the top but whole day was great fun.

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Chris has so far raised over £11,000 for Children with Cancer UK.

"The amount of money raised from something that just started off as a daft idea is just overwhelming, people really got behind it and I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me.”

He added: “The Great North Run is next, it is only four weeks away now so I will be concentrating on my training for that.

"Then it is the London Marathon in October and that is when the fundraiser is set to end but I could be tempted to do another challenge after that.

"It all depends on various things such as my treatment but I will definitely speak with the charity to see what I can do.”

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