Raising money and awareness in memory of Ryan and a wicked charity
On 12th September Nikki Lee, along with her partner Rowland and son Jake climbed England's tallest peak in memory of her son Ryan.
"What a fantastic few days. After a loooong drive we arrived in the lakes at what I can only describe as breathtaking!! It was hammering it down with rain which made me very grateful for our "pod" accommodation. Jake & Steve braved the elements and pitched a tent. I have to admit, I was no help!
"After a semi comfortable night, we were up and ready to climb. No amount of gym could have prepared me for the leg burn, but I worked through it jake determined to complete it before us took himself off and found his own route up. I did worry but had every faith he would look after himself and wait for us at the top...reassured by Ro haha.
"The climb was very rocky and quite steep in places. Ro saying that its challenging compared to the snowdon route. Awareness for the trust was raised as we had people ask for information, jake managed to get donations on his way up too
"We made it to the summit at 1.55pm! It was very cloudy and cold up there so there wasn't much of a view. Feelings of achievement and pride showed through in us all and I spent a long while thinking of Ryan, how much I miss him and how his strength and bravery spurred me every step of the way!
"Ro and I would like to thank those of you who have donated. And to let the rest of you know that we will continue collecting via just giving. I hope to reach £1000+ between just giving, paper sponsors and jakes fundraising. Caitlin's school has offered to have a non uniform day too."
- Nikki Lee, Ryan's mother (from Facebook)
About the fund
By Rowland Corentin, Nikki's partner (from Just Giving)
"[We hiked] the tallest mountain in England in memory of Ryan who left us recently at the hands of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. To help raise money for a charity who's goal to to make sure families with seriously-ill children don't miss out on precious and fun times together. They have built a respite holiday home called Bluebells, which can accommodate families for 1 week with full use of all the facilities, this includes a fully equipped music room, cinema room, craft room, sensory room and something I'm sure every family loves....an indoor swimming pool.
"But, this is just one thing they provide. Jane and Leslie on countless occasions provided transport needed to get Ryan to and from hospital appointments as far as Bristol and Oxford.
"[They] Took the kids to a Christmas party and pantomime in Windsor. Hosted christmas in July. Put on sibling activity days. Offered families wellbeing treatments such as massage, manicure or facials. Plus much much more...And importantly they have provided crucial support and help in ways we will always be grateful for. "As a thank you to Jane, Michael and all at SAT, we pledge to raise as much money as possible to help keep Ryan's and Sebastian's memories going!! Xxx"