Three friends from Nottingham have completed the Lake District Macmillan Mighty Hike in memory of one of their dads and one of their grandmas who died from cancer.
Adam Kulpa (centre), 24 a tech consultant, lost his dad, Marek, to oesophageal cancer and wanted to do something significant to honour him. His two friends Horus Mabia (L) and Riddhi Singh (R) accompanied him on the 26-mile hike round Ullswater. Horus from Arnold lost his grandma to pancreatic cancer and the three also did the hike in her memory.
Adam said: “My dad was a social worker and taught English to the Polish community. He was always helping people and he loved being outdoors and walking. This is my way of honouring him.
“They say you can die twice, first when you die and secondly when people stop talking about you. This is one way I can keep my dad’s memory alive. It’s great to have done the hike with my friends. It’s been a very special day.”
Macmillan Cancer Support Senior Challenge Events Programme Manager, Lauren Sanders, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is incredibly grateful to the 1800 people who took part in the breathtakingly beautiful but physically challenging Lake District Macmillan Mighty Hikes at the weekend.
“The 30,000 people who are taking part in Macmillan Mighty Hikes this summer are part of something very special. Every penny raised at a Mighty Hike will help Macmillan to provide vital emotional, physical and financial support for people living with cancer, who need it now more than ever.”
Santander is the official Mighty Hike partner. Macmillan and Santander are working together to provide financial support and improve banking services for people living with and affected by cancer throughout the UK.
Lauren added: “Our waiting list is open for Lake District Mighty Hike 2024 and there are still
some places available at a small number of our other Macmillan Mighty Hikes this summer, so sign up now at mightyhikes.macmillan.org.uk.”