A bride-to-be will be taking on an energetic challenge for charity on what would have been her wedding day. Therese Davall, who lives in Cheadle, was set to marry her fiancée Iain Carr on Saturday (May 23) but due to the current coronavirus situation the couple have postponed their wedding day. Instead, Therese has set herself a ‘Lockdown Three Peak Challenge’ which is set to see her climbing 1,310 flights of stairs in 24 hours on Saturday in memory of Iain’s mum Margaret Carr, who passed away last year from cancer.
A bride-to-be will be taking on an energetic challenge for charity on what would have been her wedding day.
Therese Davall, who lives in Cheadle, was set to marry her fiancée Iain Carr on Saturday (May 23) but due to the current coronavirus situation the couple have postponed their wedding day.
Instead, Therese has set herself a ‘Lockdown Three Peak Challenge’ which is set to see her climbing 1,310 flights of stairs in 24 hours on Saturday in memory of Iain’s mum Margaret Carr, who passed away last year from cancer.
Therese is taking on the energetic challenge in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support because of the care given by the charity to Margaret last year.
Therese said: “On May 23, what would have been our wedding day, I will attempt to climb the equivalent height of Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike on my home staircase.
“That’s a whopping 1,310 flights (17,030 steps), up and down.
“Having carried out a practice session of 100 flights I can ensure you this will not be an easy challenge.”
Therese further explained that when Iain proposed to her last year it was an “extremely emotional occasion.”
She said: “Iain’s wonderful Mum had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and we knew we didn’t have much time left together.
“Prompted by Margaret gifting me her engagement ring, we wanted her to know of our plans, that we were happy and committed.
“At the same time, we were devastated that we would be unable to arrange our wedding in time for her to be with us on our wedding day.
“After a brave and inspirational fight Margaret sadly passed away on May 6, 2019.
“Not once did she complain or feel sorry for herself. Her only concerns (as they had been throughout her life), was for those she loved dearly and was leaving behind.
“Iain and I made the decision to book our wedding for May 23, 2020. As well as saying our ‘I do’s’ we planned to celebrate Margaret’s life and include her in all of our plans, so that she would indeed be a part of our special day.
“From our reception venue (the home where she lived with husband David), to our readings, music and flowers, Margaret was to be remembered in our plans.
“Many tears have been shed along the way, especially the day I went to choose my dress, an experience I had hoped we would have shared together.”
Therese explained that throughout her fight with cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support provided vital support to both Margaret and David so Therese and Iain decided to take the opportunity to raise funds for them as a way of saying thank you to the charity.
Therese said: “We had asked our wedding guests to consider a donation to Macmillan in replace of a wedding gift and the day after our wedding the marquee was to be used to host a fundraising event.
“80 tickets had been sold for an afternoon of entertainment and a three course meal (cooked by family and friends), with proceeds all going to Macmillan.
“Due to coronavirus, and the need to keep everyone safe, our wedding and fundraising event have both had to be postponed.
“Whilst we can rearrange our wedding day, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to remember Margaret and to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
“Funds that are needed more than ever. Cancer is scary enough but now those with cancer, and their families, are also dealing with the impact of coronavirus on their treatment and care.
“Macmillan are doing a great job of supporting those individuals but many of their fundraising initiatives have had to be cancelled and charity shops have had to close, resulting in a reduction of income.
“The idea of the Three Peak Challenge was inspired by the fact that shortly after her diagnosis, Margaret completed her 100th walk with David and their walking friends by climbing to the top of Ecton Hill in the Peak District.
“Before her diagnosis Margaret had loved her walks, walking many miles each week.
“Her great love for walking, the great outdoors and her strong determination meant that not even cancer and a neck brace was going to prevent her completing that walk.
“This is a story we plan to tell ourselves and her grandchildren, time and time again, especially when something feels difficult or seemingly impossible.
“As lockdown prevents me from travelling to Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike I will be climbing the equivalent height on my staircase.
“When finished I will celebrate with a glass of champagne, as Margaret did at the top of Ecton Hill.
“I may even do this challenge whilst wearing a veil.”
Therese added: “I know that for many money is tight right now and there are many worthwhile fundraising initiatives taking place.
“However, if you are able to spare even a very small amount or just support this event by sharing and cheering me on, I would be so very grateful.”
Anyone wishing to donate to Therese’s cause can do so by going online to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/therese-davall1.
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