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Mum of 3 raises over £6,000 for Tenovus Cancer Care in memory of husband

Kelly Odonnelly

Kelly O’Donnell, a mum of three from Bethel Caernarfon, tackled the steep slopes of Wales’ highest peak in a bid to raise awareness of oesophageal cancer, raising over £6,000 for Tenovus Cancer Care.

In August 2018 Kelly lost her husband Rory to oesophageal cancer less than 18 months from his diagnosis, he was just 36 years old.

Kelly said, “After losing my husband my world was turned upside down. Rory was not only my husband, he was my best friend and literally my other half, we were a team bringing up our three boys as best as we could.”

“Rory was a keen runner and often did the Snowdon Race which is why I decided to take on the challenge this year.”

Kelly and her team, Nikki Land, Rachel Davies, Rhian Thomas and Lowri Jones, joined over 600 runners from across the world at the 44th running of the Castell Howell International Snowdon Race.

Kelly commented, “I wanted to raise awareness of oesophageal cancer and money for Tenovus Cancer Care because of the support we received from the charity at the worst time of our lives. The little things that they did were so beneficial and I appreciate it so much. I hope that the money I raised will help lots of other people. Good things can happen out of the worst of situations!”

Throughout Rory’s illness Tenovus Cancer Care provided support for the family. The charity’s Support Line nurses called every week to chat to Rory about how he was feeling, how he was coping with treatment and to give advice.

Debbie Rowley, Tenovus Cancer Care Regional Fundraising Manager North Wales, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Kelly and her team for their massive fundraising effort. The money raised will help keep the charity’s services running. This means that the charity’s Cancer Support Advisors can continue to offer free financial advice, its Sing with Us Choirs can continue to provide support with a difference and nurses are just a phone call away, 365 days a year, for anyone affected by cancer.”