WATCH: Bilton woman to climb Snowdon in dad’s memory

A woman who has raised £5,000 in memory of her dad is taking on her biggest challenge to date by climbing Snowdon.

Diane Irwin launched her fundraising drive in 1996 as a tribute to her father Frank, who died from cancer.

Diane Irwin is preparing to take on climbing Snowdon, in support of Cancer Research UK

Diane Irwin is preparing to take on climbing Snowdon, in support of Cancer Research UK

She has climbed many mountains for Cancer Research UK, and the thought of helping others will motivate her to reach the summit, which stands at 1,085 metres.

Diane, 50, who lives in Bilton, is short-sighted, but she doesn’t let that stop her fundraising goals.

She said: “When I get to the top of Snowdon I’m going to let off balloons in memory of people who have lost their lives to this cruel disease.

“Due to problems with my vision, I always take a guide on my climbs. It just makes me more determined to reach the top.”

She said taking the final steps to the peak of her climbs makes her feel nearer to her dad.

“I know it might sound silly, but it does help me,” added Diane, who is appealing for sponsors for her climb in September.

“I had to get permission to let balloons off the top of Snowdon.

“It’s going to be a really emotional but my dad will be with me every step of the way.

“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 says she feels very motivated and is ready for the “biggie’”.

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

The team from Airborne Fit in Rugby will guide Diane to the top of Snowdon in Wales. When director Karl Fraser heard she was looking for support, he knew he could help. “I’m always up for a new challenge,” said Karl, who was a paratrooper and is now a personal trainer who runs bootcamp classes in the area. He will be joined by other members to climb the highest mountain in Wales. Karl added: “I’ve met Diane and I can see how determined she is to do this.” Telephone 07940 161249 for more information on classes.

To donate, email or drop donations into the Rugby Advertiser, 2 Albert Street, marked Diane’s Appeal. A JustGiving page will also be set up.