Peak challenges to honour little Pippa

A devoted uncle has tackled a tough peak to peak challenge in memory of his Wyre niece.

Wednesday, 16th August 2017, 11:01 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:47 pm
Gavin Howard with his niece Pippa Cole, who died in February after suffering from a brain tumour

Gavin Howard climbed Ben Nevis, cycled from there to Scafell Pike, before hiking up England’s highest mountain, to honour five-year-old Scorton pupil Pippa Cole, who died in February following a brain tumour.

He raised £2,000 for The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.

The 38-year-old said: “When Pippa was 18 months old she was being sick and had really bad headaches so her parents Michelle and Scott took her to hospital, where they found she had a tumour at the back of her brain. She had chemotherapy and radiotherapy twice.

“Her condition was up and down for three-and-a-half years.

“I saw Pippa deteriorate over time but she was a happy little girl and she never complained.

“It was nice having Pippa’s mum, Michelle, there to hike up Scafell and I was also joined by colleague Rachael Lumb for the Ben Nevis trek.”

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