A 10-year-old girl from Ripon is planning to conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge in memory of her elderly neighbour who died from cancer.
Eve Maylor watched on as Macmillan nurses lovingly cared for Ann Vaughan after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died in June last year.
Ann was able to live out her final days at home thanks to their hard work, leaving Eve intent on raising money for the charity so other families can benefit from Macmillan care.
Eve said: “When Ann found out that was she sick I noticed the Macmillan nurses coming to her house and trying to make her feel better.
“They were making sure she was always supported throughout her illness and it was nice seeing how much they were helping her.”
Andrew Maylor, Eve’s father who is accompanying her on the walk on June 14, said: “When Eve first told me what she wanted to do for Macmillan I was immensely proud of her. Eve said that she wanted to do something quite difficult and test herself because she felt the harder the challenge was, the more people would be willing to sponsor her.
“It’s a really big challenge, especially for a 10-year-old.”
Living in a secluded cul-de-sac and a close-knit community, Eve formed a bond with Ann in her final days and was deeply saddened when she learned of her passing at the age of 71. After deciding to scale the three highest peaks in Yorkshire in under 12 hours, Andrew and Eve have been hard at work preparing themselves for the challenge in store.
Andrew said: “We’ve been on a few walks in preparation and we’ve also practised on two of the three peaks. We recently trained on Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England, so we feel like we’re ready to take on the challenge.”
The Holy Trinity Junior School pupil has already raised more than £850 on her JustGiving page and her family and friends, who will be going to support Eve on her big day, have been deeply moved by her efforts.
Eve said: “I’ve had a lot of support from my friends and family. I’m really looking forward to raising money for Macmillan because it’s such a great cause for people who are ill.”
Andrew said: “Eve is a really sensitive girl who has always wanted to help other people. I’m just happy we can take on this challenge together to raise money for a remarkable charity and honour Ann’s memory.”
To make a donation to Eve’s cause, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Annvaughan