Diamond Jubilee
Scaling the heights for Diamond Jubilee

By Tim Clarke 05/06 Updated: 05/06 13:57

Buy photos » Ain't no mountain high enough - Cancer survivor Beverley Hicks with model Nell McAndrew ahead of their climb. (s)

A CANCER survivor from Worcester scaled England's highest mountain on Monday (June 4) to help light up the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Beverley Hicks, 54, joined a group of other cancer survivors, scientists and supporters who climbed Scafell Pike in the Lake District to light Cancer Research UK's Beacon of Hope as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons.

The climbers, which included model Nell McAndrew and Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris, gathered together at the peak of the mountain as the charity's chief executive Dr Harpal Kumar lit the Beacon of Hope at 10.29pm.

It was one of 4,000 beacons to be lit across the world to mark 60 years since The Queen ascended to the throne, with Her Majesty lighting the final beacon at the Jubilee Concert in central London.

Mrs Hicks was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2001 and had surgery followed by a chemotherapy drug called carboplatin, which was developed by Cancer Research UK scientists.

Having beaten the disease she has since completed seven London Marathons to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

“The climb was wonderful, it was tough going at times but there was a fantastic atmosphere within the group and it was such a great feeling to reach the top," she said.

"I was so proud to be one of the people climbing Scafell Pike as part of the charity’s celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Standing alongside the scientists and fundraisers who are helping to save lives like mine was a great honour.”

“I got through the disease and am now fit and healthy. I support Cancer Research UK because the charity’s work is vital for the cancer drugs of tomorrow. It takes scientists years of hard work to get each drug ready for use, so people like me can be given a second chance in life. Success stories like mine would not be possible without the work of Cancer Research UK."

Her role in the celebrations will be recorded in a special commemorative book which will be presented to The Queen after the event, listing all the UK’s beacons along with the names of the organisations and climbers involved.

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