Women's Rugby player swaps the studs to tackle charity Mount Snowdon adventure

Over the summer one of our Women's Rugby players, Hayley Kershaw, swapped her rugby boots for hiking boots when tackling one of Britain's tallest mountains in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.

Over the summer one of our Women's Rugby players, Hayley Kershaw, swapped her rugby boots for hiking boots when tackling one of Britain's tallest mountains in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.

On 2 September a group of four girls, including Hayley, set out with the mission of reaching the top of Mount Snowdon in Wales. The challenge, which took almost seven hours to complete, saw the girls reach the height of 2,372 feet, the highest point in Britain outside of the Scottish Highlands. Hayley told us of the conditions during the trek. saying: "About second or third of the way up we could only see three feet in front of us from the top."

In total the girls raised over £2000 for The Brain Tumour Charity, which would help to fund eight days worth of research from one of their leading brain tumour researchers in order to provide more targeted treatments, or 20 support groups for those coping with the disease/friends and family.

Hayley decided to take on this challenge after her mother sadly passed away in July of this year. Debbie Kershawwas diagnosed in the beginning of June after suffering with loss of balance and fatigue. After tests and a biopsy she was told that it was likely a grade four tumour and wasn't treatable. Her situation deteriorated rapidly and she passed away on the 7 July.

"Before this summer I was very unaware of the details of the disease and the common symptoms aren't those which would be quickly recognised. However, I have witnessed how quickly a person's health can deteriorate past the window of being treated and I think it's important to make others more aware of possible symptoms in order to seek treatment as soon as possible.

"Brain tumours can be treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, however, once treated they will nearly always return a few years later. Only 2% of the government's spend on cancer research is spent on brain tumours so the funding for this charity is really important to me. I would like more research to take place into early diagnosis and treatment so that more people have the chance of surviving the disease."

NTU Sport would like to congratulate Hayley on completing her trek. To support families like Hayley's you can donate to the Brain Tumour Charity through Hayley's fundraising page.

For more information, please see the Brain Tumour Charity website.

Women's Rugby player swaps the studs to tackle charity Mount Snowdon adventure

Published on 15 October 2015
  • Category: Sport

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