Kilimanjaro hike in memory of Harborough man

Peaker Park nurse Nadia Jacinto with fundraiser Laura Brown
Peaker Park nurse Nadia Jacinto with fundraiser Laura Brown

The sister of a Formula 1 fan from Market Harborough who died from cancer is now paying tribute to her brother by taking on a charity feat.

Laura Brown, of St Mary’s Road, is attempting to scale the heights of Kilimanjaro this autumn in memory of Andrew Brown, with funds raised going to Clic Sargent, which supports children and young people with cancer.

Andrew, who was a dispatch clerk at Harborough firm MRM and a big Leicester City FC and F1 fan, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of brain tumour called ganglioglioma in February 2013. He died in September aged just 26.

Laura’s fundraising has been kick-started by a £250 donation from PrimeLife, which runs Harborough care home Peaker Park, where Andrew was looked after during the last six weeks of his life.

Laura, a social media consultant said: “Andrew was shy, quiet, lovely and unassuming.

“He never wanted to make a fuss.

“The reason I am doing this is to take something positive out of what happened.

“The charity was very close to Andrew’s heart, they paid for him to go to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and the care home were really great as well.”

The 23-year-old has started training for the challenge to hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5,895 metres above sea level, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. She will be flying out on September 24.

As well as caring for older people Peaker Park, off Rockingham Road, also offers palliative care.

While at the care home, PrimeLife chairman Peter Van Herrewege arranged for F1 memorabilia hand-signed by Lewis Hamilton for Andrew’s room.

Laura added: “We can’t really say enough about the care he got at Peaker Park, they were excellent. When we had to leave him at night we didn’t worry because the nurses were so good.”

Peaker Park nurse Nadia Jacinto said: “Andrew was a wonderful man and we’re glad to be able to help Laura with her fundraising.”

In addition to personal donations, Laura is also appealing for businesses to have collection pots. To help, email lbrown91@live.co.uk or donate online at www.justgiving.com/laurabrown14.