Tina scaled the heights in her friend’s memory

Tina Woodley-Roberts and Michael Cottingham
Tina Woodley-Roberts and Michael Cottingham

A fundraiser who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of her neighbour who battled pancreatic cancer has been named Resident of the Month.

Tina Woodley-Roberts was inspired to raise money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK after her neighbour Jane Delaney died from the disease.

Tina hosted a series of fundraising events, including wine tasting and quiz evenings, and organised a talk from the Daily Telegraph’s gardening expert Helen Yemm.

Her grand finale was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in July.

Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano, is the highest peak in Africa and rises to a height of 5,895m (or 19,341 ft) above sea level.

In total, Tina, who runs Blue Apple Virtual PA Services, has raised nearly £17,000 for the charity.

The Resident of the Month Award, jointly sponsored by Advanta chartered accountants and the Eastbourne Herald, was introduced to recognise unsung heroes in the local community.

To recognise her efforts, Tina was presented with a certificate by Michael Cottingham, a director at Advanta.

Michael said, “Tina has shown such dedication and courage in her efforts to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

“Climbing Kilimanjaro would have been an enormous challenge and taken determination to complete.

“It is for these efforts that we are delighted to present Tina with the Resident of the Month Award for September.”

Tina and a guest are looking forward to a complimentary meal at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.

To nominate someone who you think deserves the Resident of the Month Award, please email info@advanta-ca.com or call 01323 411222.