Climbing enthusiasts descended on Sheffield to compete in a major international festival – and raise vital funds for a new cancer charity.
The Climbing Works, Little London Road, held its annual international Festival, which was streamed online to 10,000 viewers.
But for the first time, the two day event, which was attended by hundreds of climbers from across the globe, was also used to help raise cash the Climbers Against Cancer charity.
The charity was set up last year by experienced climber John Ellison, who was diagnosed with a terminal form of the illness in October 2011.
John, who is based in Lancashire but is well known in the Sheffield climbing community, has already raised £60,000 for CAC and has called on his friends in the climbing community to raise more money and spread awareness of the charity by wearing CAC T-shirts and sending photographs of them around the world.
John, who undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks., said: “I am terminally ill and my clock is ticking.
“This is my ‘crux’ and I either fall or push on to the summit. For me there was only one option and since that day I have kept on climbing.”
John said he hopes the climbing family will help the charity grow.
He said: “While sat among friends from around the globe at the recent World Climbing Championships in Paris, it became clear to me how unique climbing is as a sport and how special we are as climbers.
“There is a natural desire to support each other and encourage one another to succeed. Few sports display this togetherness and it was at this point I realised we are in fact an ‘extended family’.
“If we come together and support ‘CAC’ it can help others in the future.”