Rugby woman climbs mountains to help others

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A woman has raised nearly £5,000 in memory of her dad who died from cancer.

Diane Irwin launched her fundraising drive in 1996 as a tribute to her father Frank.

Thoughts of him helped her achieve her latest goal of climbing up a mountain.

Diane, who lives in Rugby, climbed to the top of Snaefell on the Isle of Man and raised £100.

She said: “I’ve just celebrated my 50th birthday and thought it would be a good idea if I got people to sponsor me instead of giving presents.

“Thoughts of my dad got me to the top because getting that high somehow made me feel nearer to him.”

Snaefell, which means snow mountain, stands at 621 metres with breathtaking views from the summit.

“Reaching the top was very emotional and I did have a bit of a cry,” said Diane.

“It helps me knowing I’m doing something positive for others. I will keep going with my efforts in the hope a cure can be found for this terrible disease which affects so many lives.”

She is already planning her next fundraiser.

“I’m thinking about climbing Snowdon,” said Diane.

“I feel so motivated at the moment and I will continue to raise for as long as I can.

She said cancer is a cruel disease and a cure needs to be found.

“I would like to thank everybody who sponsors me,” added Diane.

“Cancer Research UK is a cause that’s very close to my heart. We should keep fighting until a cure is found.”

If you would to make a donation to Diane’s fundraising, email