Teenager raises £5,000 through charity abseil

A teenager who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has raised £5,000 to help others.

Phoebe Hedley about to take the plunge for charity.
Phoebe Hedley about to take the plunge for charity.

Phoebe Hedley, 17, from Cleadon, set up her fundraising page, ‘Not Just a Statistic’, while she was receiving chemotherapy for desmoid fibromatosis on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital.

Phoebe set herself the goal of raising £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust. Now in remission, she completed an abseil down the hospital with her sponsorship taking her halfway towards reaching her target.

The youngster said: “I’m so happy that I’ve reached the £5,000 mark. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me so far and helped me fundraise for a charity that is really close to my heart.

“Being diagnosed with cancer at such a young age was really isolating at first, but Teenage Cancer Trust have been a lifeline to me. I’ve made friends for life through the charity and it has made the whole experience a lot more bearable.”

Recently Phoebe attended a Teenage Cancer Trust conference, Find Your Sense of Tumour, with around 80 other current and former young cancer patients, looking at the issues young cancer patients face.

Phoebe said: “Going to Find Your Sense of Tumour was a great experience and I made lots of new friends who understood exactly what I’d been through. Everyone there has been through so much, yet everyone is so positive and has a laugh and a good time together.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation to Phoebe’s fund can visit https://www.justgiving.com/Phoebe-HedleyNJS.