Chris was just nine years old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia and was told he’d need a stem cell transplant to save his life.
‘Unfortunately, no-one in my family was a match, which is where Anthony Nolan got involved and found me a match.
‘Last year, 19 years after my transplant, I wrote my donor a letter just telling them how I was doing and to say thank you. It was incredible thing to receive a reply and that spurred me on to do something, to show my thanks to my donor.
Saying thank you
‘So, on 18 July 2018, myself and nine good friends (well, we weren’t sure we’d be friends at the end of it) took on the dreaded 3000’s Sunset Challenge which involves ascending and descending all four of England’s highest mountains that all sit above 3000 feet.
‘We aimed to complete all four before the sun officially sets that very day giving us approximately 16 hours! 😳
‘I enjoy walking and have done some fairly tough challenges in the past just to test myself. When I decided to spend a day walking up some of England’s highest peaks, I wasn’t sure if anyone would be up for doing it with me, but I’ve got an amazing group of friends.
‘I asked a few of them and I was astounded by the response. Nearly everyone said yes plus the response from people donating and doing other things to support our fundraising has been great.’
Chris and his mates were Walking Together to say thank you to the donor that saved his life, and raised over £2,000 for Anthony Nolan to help save many more. Find out more: anthonynolan.org/walking-together