BLISTERING heat didn’t deter GO Girls! supporters as they set off to scale Golden Cap in the Cap2Coast Challenge, a fundraiser to support women with gynaecological cancers.
Fifteen youngsters from the Lyme Regis Football Club’s under 16s team left at dawn to complete the nine-mile walk rising to the top of Golden Cap, before descending to Charmouth and another uphill walk to Lyme Regis Football Club, where an afternoon of fundraising activities was held.
Not deterred by the challenging trek, the boys’ team then took on the Seaton U16 Girls in their own World Cup play off.
Charmouth resident Beth Gillan, who co-ordinated the event having been diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year, said “I cannot believe how many people have supported us. I know how much the GO Girls! supported me when I needed that support most, so to have that reciprocated by family, friends and local businesses is very humbling – we cannot thank everyone enough”.
Actor Patrick Robinson, best known for his roles as Jacob Banks in ‘The Bill’ and Ash in ‘Casualty’, made a special appearance on the day, posing for photographs with spectators to help boost the fundraising and he also played in goal to support the Seaton U16 Girls.
Senior members of Lyme Regis Football Club also took on Seaton Ladies in a gripping match with the home team narrowly winning in a penalty shoot out.
Spectators were fed and watered by ‘Beth’s Army’ who supplied hot dogs, burgers, Pimm’s and cakes. There were also many prizes to be won in a huge raffle, including a luxury hamper created by GO Girls! vice-chairman Teresa Wolff.
The afternoon was finished with a screening of the World Cup final between France and Croatia on the club’s big screen TVs.
Hilary Maxwell, chairman of GO Girls!, said: “Eleven women die every day from ovarian cancer and survival in ovarian cancer has not improved in the last 20 years.
“We know what women say they want most is support, support from others in the similar situations to their own – we aim to give that support with our unique blend of advice, support and hugs to everyone who has a gynaecological cancer.
“We now have nearly 750 members from across the UK and we are growing all the time.”
Steve Gillan, Beth’s husband, who was also instrumental in the managing the event, added: “We plan to make this an annual fundraiser for GO Girls! It had huge appeal and we were blown away by the considerable support we received to make the event such a success.
We are now looking forward to planning 2019’s event, after a little rest.
“We have raised just over £2,500 and next year, we intend to top that and we hope more and more people will participate.”
GO Girls! support women with gynaecological cancers and have recently been raising £50,000 to fund a GO Girls! consulting suite as part of Dorset County Hospital’s Cancer Appeal, to bring extended cancer services, including radiotherapy, to those in the west of the county.
GO Girls! is supported by is patron, comedienne, Helen Lederer. You can follow their work at www.gogirlssupport.org