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Businessman will climb peak for poorly children

Businessman Michael Bromley climbing Mount Snowdon last year

Businessman Michael Bromley climbing Mount Snowdon last year

A well-known businessman who beat a rare form of cancer as a teenager is donning his walking boots to help other youngsters with the disease.

Michael Bromley, managing director of Tunit in Chorley, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, at the age of 16.

He set up the Bromley Foundation last year to raise money for children with the condition and other forms of cancer.

One of the first fundraising events was a sponsored climb up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, with 23 other people.

It was a tough challenge as Michael has a metal replacement prosthesis in his right leg and was recovering from heart failure at the time. But he reached the summit with his partner, Joanne Redman, who was 32 weeks pregnant with their first child, Skye, now six months old.

Michael, 43, of Whittle-le-Woods, said: “The walk was very hard. It absolutely shattered me personally, and the others found it tiring.

“Most of them got up in three or four hours and it took me six hours, mostly because of my leg.”

But Michael is determined to repeat the climb and is looking for 100 people to join him on Sunday, May 25.

He wants to raise as much money as possible.

Michael said: “There is only a 40 to 50 per cent survival rate for the disease. It’s very important and very close to my heart.

“It’s about making sure that children and their families don’t go through what I went through at that age.”

Registration for the walk costs £30, which includes a T-shirt and return coach travel from Chorley, Preston or Liverpool.

To register, go to www.bromleyfoundation.org/events or call 01257 274100.

 

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