A RIPON mum determined to raise money for a charity which helps her son’s illness went without wedding presents to help her cause.
Toni Hannon will also be tackling Britain’s highest peak in her bid to raise as much as she can for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The charity helps children like her four-year-old son Evan who suffers from the disease.
Thirty-six year old Toni will take on Ben Nevis with two friends later this month, in aid of the trust.
“This will be my third challenge, after Abseiling and Skydiving I wanted to do something different,” she said.
Toni will be sharing her challenge with two friends.
“I am climbing with two others, Wendy Berry, my best friend and Tammy Hannon, my sister in law.
“We all share the same desire and dream which is that one day, in the not too distant future, a cure will be found for CF. I have already raised over £600 but I would love to raise much more!”
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK’s most common, life-threatening inherited diseases.
Toni said “My son was diagnosed with CF so I know how hard the disease can be too cope with.”
Toni, who is a Resource Worker for North Yorkshire County Council, recently got married and used the wedding to help her fundraising campaign by asking for donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust instead of gifts.
Cystic Fibrosis affects 9,000 children in the UK, and each week five babies are born with the genetic condition.
CF causes internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged up with sticky mucus, making it difficult for sufferers to breathe and to digest food.
Around one in 25 people in the UK have the faulty gene that causes CF, and if two carriers have a child the baby has a one in four chance of developing CF.
Each week, two young people die from Cystic Fibrosis, and only half of sufferers are likely to live past their late 30s.
All the money Toni, Wendy and Tammy raise will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and will help fund research into treating and curing CF.
It will also help provide support, advice and appropriate clinical care to the 9,000 babies, children and young adults with Cystic Fibrosis in the UK.
To sponsor Toni online visit www.justgiving.com/toni-hannon.