Kieran joining abseil to thank cancer charity

Mark and Kieran
Mark and Kieran

AN EASTBOURNE teenager who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour is to take part in a 100-feet charity abseil.

Kieran Weeks, 17, is currently being helped by CLIC Sargent since he was diagnosed with the tumour which is found in just ten children and young people in the UK every year.

Doctors discovered Kieran’s illness at Eastbourne DGH in February this year and after the help he received from CLIC Sargent he is going to abseil down the Queens Stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse on December 4, to help raise much needed funds for children’s cancer charity which is so close to his heart.

The charity challenge has been named Plum Pudding Plunge and Kieran is encouraging others to conquer their fears of heights and join him for the fundraiser.

CLIC Sargent helped Kieran and he is now hoping to give something back.

Soon after he and his family were told the devastating news of the diagnosis he started chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey.

It was an upsetting and stressful time for the family and when money became a problem,

CLIC Sargent was there to lend a helping hand by offering a grant of £170, which made a difficult situation a little easier.

Kieran’s CLIC Sargent social worker Majella, who is based at the Royal Marsden, is a familiar point of contact who is able to help and support the whole family with the emotional, practical and financial affects of cancer.

Eileen, Kieran’s mum, said, “Majella was lovely, her practical advice and emotional support was invaluable to us.”

And dad Mark (pictured with Kieran) added, “It’s devastating when you’re told that your child has cancer, you’re whole world turns up side down. 

“There’s a lot to take in and CLIC Sargent was on hand to ease so many burdens. We want to thank CLIC Sargent for being there when we needed them most.”

Kieran added “I’m so pleased to be involved in the Plum Pudding Plunge; it’s a way of giving something back to CLIC Sargent.

“Hopefully lots of people will want to join me in taking part so we can help raise money for other children and young people like myself.”

A dedicated and keen member of Willingdon Golf Club, Kieran was forced to temporarily put on hold his sporting passion during his treatment.

After nine long months he has recently been able to return back to college to continue his advanced apprenticeship in golf.

Hannah Auer, event fundraising manager at CLIC Sargent, said, “We are absolutely delighted that Kieran has chosen to support CLIC Sargent and inspire others to join in and have fun whilst raising vital funds.

“A big thank you to Kieran for taking part in this event. A huge thank you also to Epsom Downs Racecourse and Roman Scaffolding who have both kindly given their services free of charge.”

Anyone interested in accompanying Kieran and taking part in the Christmas themed event, the Plum Pudding Plunge, should contact Hannah Auer on 01273 897384, 07825 781 956 or email Hannah.auer@clicsargent.org.uk The event costs £10 to register and £100 minimum sponsorship is required. Anyone who raises more than £150 will receive a free CLIC Sargent T-Shirt and two race day tickets are up for grabs for the top fundraiser.