Bid to raise cash for male cancer campaign

John Collier, left, and Patrick Confrey
John Collier, left, and Patrick Confrey
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FIGHTING testicular cancer is a huge mountain to climb, so two Wigan friends plan to scale three peaks to support those facing the challenge.

John Collier, 27, and Patrick Confrey, 23, of Ashton, will complete the three peaks challenge in aid of Balls To Cancer, which aims to raise awareness and conduct research into testicular cancer.

They will climb Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike, in three days, from March 30.

Patrick, who is studying contemporary theatre at Salford University, said: “It was my idea, firstly as a personal goal, as I was tired of going to the gym. My cousin did Run For Life for Balls To Cancer and it inspired us to perform a task we know will challenge us both mentally and physically in the hope we can raise awareness and donations to give a little back.

“We came up with this idea because it is a metaphorical concept. The men who suffer from cancer climb physical and mental mountains so to show our support we will climb real ones.

“It will be tough, but we are really up for it and have already begun preparing for the event. Our main aim is to raise awareness for future events and to inspire others to do some fund-raising.”

John, a painter and decorator, said: “There are a lot of fund-raising events for breast cancer, but there are not as many for testicular cancer.

“As males, we don’t think it gets enough publicity. Although we don’t know anyone affected by it, we just wanted to do something to highlight the issue.”

To support John and Patrick visit www.facebook.com/pages/John-and-Paddys-Three-Peaks-Challenge