A Harborough woman has undertaken a mission to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of her brother who died a year ago.
Andrew Brown died last September at the age of 26 after he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour.
Last Wednesday, his sister Laura, 23, jetted to Tanzania to prepare to make the near-5,000 metre ascent of the highest mountain in Africa in Andrew’s memory.
She is raising money for CLIC Sargent, which cares for young people with cancer.
Laura said: “Andrew was passionate about the charity CLIC Sargent, which cares for young people with cancer.
“The charity helped him in many ways – they granted his wish to go see the Grand Prix at Silverstone and also gave him the gift of an iPad, which he became inseparable from until he could no longer use it. These treats lifted Andrew’s spirits in a terrible time. He adored the F1 and during his treatment the iPad kept him entertained and connected to the outside world.”
Laura set herself a fundraising target of £2,000 for the trek – but she has already smashed that, having collected just over £3,900 when she departed last week.
She added: “I intend to raise some serious money and awareness for CLIC Sargent and the young people who are now – or who will be one day – in the same position as my brother: fighting a huge and terrifying cancer diagnosis.
“I want to make my brother proud. I want to spread his story and perhaps inspire others with his phenomenal courage. He faced something of a difficulty that words cannot do justice for. This, in comparison, is nothing.”
Andrew was a passionate gamer and Laura commissioned a bouquet of flowers in the shape of the character Toad, from the Super Mario Brothers games. An image of the bouquet went viral on the internet and was viewed thousands of times.
To sponsor Laura, visit www.justgiving.com/LauraBrown14.