Two Morpeth sisters are taking on 15 epic challenges in 2015 in memory of their late father, former Castle Morpeth chief planning officer, Tony Woodcock. Their project 15in15 – Let’s Challenge Chance is being organised with the hope of raising £15,000 for Pancreatic Cancer IL.
Behind the challenge are Charlotte Woodcock, 32, from Stannington and Rachel McBryde, 37, from Climbing Tree Farm along with their mother, Morpeth Harrier Pam Woodcock from Netherwitton. The project begins, fittingly, with Morpeth Harrier’s 11k Morpeth Road Race on New Year’s Day 2015 and will cover a series of demanding challenges, including the epic 140.6 mile Ironman Barcelona in October – and between them the sisters will tackle them all.
Charlotte commented on the project: “Our story is one just about everyone can relate to - anyone who has ever lost a loved one to cancer or faced the frightening prospect of life without someone they love - that life cut short by a seemingly unstoppable disease. Dad was someone who loved life. And he loved a challenge. Whether he was running up Simonside with friends, cycling in Northumberland with us or walking and climbing in the Lakes with mum, he was always positive, always out there in the world, taking it on.”
“That was the attitude he applied to his fight against cancer. Dig in, don’t complain, keep going. It’s what helped him beat the odds for a much longer than predicted. After losing dad in September this year we quickly decided we wanted to celebrate his life in a way he would have approved. And we wanted to turn all the negative energy surrounding his passing into something positive. So in that spirit we came up with 15 in 15.”
Pancreatic Cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK, with the lowest survival rate of the 21 most common cancers. Under 4 percent of patients survive five years or more, yet Pancreatic Cancer receives only 1 percent of the total cancer research spend. The project already has the backing of Pride of Britain award winner Tony the Fridge and corporate support from North East businesses County Life Homes, Northumbrian Leisure and Gardiner Richardson.