A student who lost her brother to brain cancer has raised more than £8,000 in his memory and is well on her way to reaching her target.
Holly Bishop, 20, of Kirklington Road, Hockerton, and her friend, Lauren Wilson, 20, of Westgate, Southwell, are raising money for Clic Sargent in memory of Holly’s brother, Guy, 22, who died in February after an eight-month battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme.
The pair completed a skydive and have been selling wristbands with Guy’s initials on and his favourite phrase: “Life’s too short. Crack on.”
They are preparing to do the Tough Mudder challenge, a muddy obstacle course that provides a series of physical challenges, and Holly is appealing to the public to help her reach her final target of £10,000.
Holly attends Harper Adams University, Staffordshire, and has so far raised £8,121.
She said: “Guy would be proud of the total raised so far and happy that we did the skydive.”
They completed their skydive at Brigg, Lincolnshire.
Holly said: “It was amazing. The reason why I chose a skydive was because Guy did one last year and he loved it and wanted to do another one, but never got the chance.
“I was fine when I was going up. It was when we had to lean out of the plane it was terrifying.”
The pair will be taking part in the Tough Mudder challenge on September 13 in Cheshire.
Holly said: “Lauren and I are trying to get fit for the challenge by doing lots of weights and training every day.
“I’m quite nervous. It’s very physical. Lauren and I have always been sporty but this is taking it to another level.
“The reason for the Tough Mudder challenge is that, although Guy would never do anything sporty, he would do something mad and I wanted to do something that was mad.”
Lauren, who works at Gas-coines estate agents, Ollerton, and Guy’s friends from university (also Harper Adams) have raised more than £3,000 in his memory, bringing the team’s combined total to more than £11,000.
Holly said: “I’m really pleased we have raised more than £11,000 as a team and I appreciate all the donations that people have made. It means a lot to us.
“People have been keen, and they are only a small charity so it will just help more families get the help that we received.”
Donations can be made at Holly Bishop's Just Giving page
or Lauren Wilson's Just Giving page