DEDICATED fundraisers from a Castleford jewellers will scale England’s highest mountain in memory of a colleague’s daughter.
Staff at Herbert Brown on Carlton Street will climb the Lake District’s Scafell Pike on June 3 in memory of 12-year-old Megan Tonks, who died after a battle with cystic fibrosis.
Her mum, Nicola Tonks, 33, – a sales assistant at the shop – will join fellow staff members on the gruelling hike, which they hope will raise enough cash for Cystic Fibrosis Society and Make a Wish Foundation to smash last year’s £4,000 total.
Mrs Tonks said: “Friends and family have given so much support and every little bit helps these two causes, which are absolutely marvellous.”
Her colleague, Carol Powell, 47, added: “Through working with her mum, we saw Megan grow up and we know how ill she became and what she had to go through.
“We’re trying to raise as much money as we can for both charities.”
Workers rallied around Mrs Tonks when she lost her daughter to the disease last February and helped raise thousands of pounds for the cystic fibrosis charity by climbing Mount Snowdon.
This year, staff have also organised a ‘curryoke’ night on June 7 at the Carlton Pub in Castleford to raise extra cash for the cause. Tickets, priced £5 each, include a curry and are available from the pub or Herbert Brown jewellers.
Alternatively, go to www.justgiving.com/teams/Megan to donate.