Pals get ready for Cambodia trek for charity

Teresa Simpson and Barbara Seed are fund-raising for Breast Cancer Now
Teresa Simpson and Barbara Seed are fund-raising for Breast Cancer Now

A woman who has been given a new lease of life after battling cancer is preparing to trek across Cambodia to raise funds for charity.

Barbara Seed, of Longridge, will was across the South East Asian country in aid of Breast Cancer Now next November with her best friend Teresa Simpson, to mark 13 years since she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 52-year-old said: “I wanted to give something back. When I was ill and finished treatment, we raised money for Chorley Hospital.

“To have been well for 13 years is a big achievement. It is down to the fund-raising that people have done in the past that I am here now, so I wanted to give something back for the future.

“Back in 2005 I found a lump in my breast. It was a very difficult time as I was on my own with my seven-year-old daughter. But my family and Teresa helped me through it. Things are a lot better for me now.

“I am apprehensive about the trek as it is not something I have done before, but you have to do things while you are fit and able. Life is for living.”

Teresa said: “I did a similar trek in China nine years ago for the Alzheimer’s Society, for my mum. Ciss Walker, who died three years ago. She had Azheimer’s.

“When Barbara said she wanted to do something to mark 13 years since she was diagnosed, I suggested this trek in Cambodia.”

The pair need to raise £3,000 each which will go towards Breast Cancer Now’s funds. They are holding a 60s, 70s and 80s disco at St Wilfrid’s Terrace Club, Longridge, on November 17, from 7.30pm. Tickets, at £5, are available from the club.

There is also a charity ball at Ferrari’s, in Chipping Lane, Longridge, on December 15. Tickets are £35. Next year’s events include a sponsored walk at Lancaster Canal in March; a pub quiz in St Wilfrid’s Club on March 29 and afternoon tea at Dog and Partridge Hotel on April 5. Tickets £15.