This uncle sets epic challenge after Pippa Cole died from cancer

Posted on - 23rd July, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, People, Preston News, Sport, What's On in Preston
Pippa Cole pictured at Manchester Children's Hospital
Pippa Cole pictured at Manchester Children’s Hospital

Gavin Howard, 38, is the courageous uncle that is tackling a fundraising challenge in memory of his niece Pippa Cole.


Pippa was five-years-old when she sadly lost her fight against brain cancer, after undergoing five brain operations, 12 treatments of chemotherapy and numerous hospital stays.

Gavin now wants to raise money to help fund research into Children’s Brain Tumours, at The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre

The centre, with the best doctors and specialists around the world, was consulted about Pippa’s case, and helped and advise the specialists at Manchester Children’s Hospital.

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Starting on 31 July, Gavin intends to journey from ‘peak to peak’, by making his way to the top of Ben Nevis Mountain, then riding to the Lake District, and finally climbing Scafell Pike.

Gavin with his branded vest
Gavin with his branded vest

Gavin said: “After Pippa passed away, I wanted to raise money to help fund research into children’s brain tumours, to hopefully one day find a cure for this awful illness, and potentially stop other children’s and families suffering like Pippa did.

“She was a true inspiration to me.

“Pippa never complained about being ill and just got on with things as if they where normal.

“Taking a leaf from Pippa’s book, I have set myself this epic challenge, and she has been with me every step of the way during training.

“I have called it the ‘Peak2Peak4Pip’ and I’m going to climb Ben Nevis, the largest mountain in Scotland, then ride the 270 miles over 3 days to the Lake District, and finally climb Scafell Pike, the largest mountain in England.”

Gavin, and his wife Kirstie, have organised the event themselves and wanted to set themselves a ‘ridiculous’ challenge that would get people’s attention and encourage them to sponsor him.

Gavin has so far raised over £1200 via his Just Giving Page and hopes to continue raising donations.

You can donate to Gavin’s fundraiser by the Just Giving Page.

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