Colne girl (6) to climb Pendle Hill three times in 24 hours for cancer charity

Molly McCormack
Molly McCormack
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A SPORTY six-year-old is attempting a charity challenge that most adults would struggle to complete.

Christ Church CE School pupil Molly McCormack will climb Pendle Hill three times in one day in an bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The charity has a special place in the youngster’s heart since her dad Ryan was treated for testicular cancer at the age of just 22.

Ten years on and now clear of the disease, Ryan said: “Molly saw an advert for Cancer Research on television. She knows I have had the disease and a family friend has recently been diagnosed so she decided she wanted to do something to help.

“We like to go walking with our Labradoodle, Tetley, at the weekends and decided that climbing Pendle Hill would be a good way to raise money.

“It was Molly’s idea to do the climb but I thought we’d go even further and really push ourselves by going up three times.”

Ryan, of Keighley Road, admits that even he will struggle to complete the challenge but he is confident that Molly will finish.

“She’s a star. I’m sure she’ll be able to manage it. We have been practising at lot. It is going to be really tough but I’m confident.”

Molly has so far managed to raise £750 for Cancer Research though sponsorship from family and friends but Ryan hopes the total will exceed £1,000.

Sarah McPhee, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for East Lancashire, said: “We are absolutely delighted Molly and Ryan have decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK. We can’t thank them enough for their support and want to wish them all the very best on the day.”

If you would like to sponsor Molly, you can call in to Leedams Pharmacy in Keighley Road, Colne.