Porthmadog firefighter will Challenge the Wild to extinguish cancer

Wednesday, 10th May 2017 | General | 0 comments

Fearless firefighter, Richard Brookes, will test his survival instincts by spending two days deep in the Irish wilderness. He will survive on the bare minimum and challenge the wild to raise money for life-saving cancer research.

Challenge the Wild

North West Cancer Research have teamed up with Heart North Wales and their presenters. On Friday 23 June Rachael from Heart Drive and Oli from Heart Breakfast, along with 10 team members, will head to Ireland to Challenge the Wild. The challengers will spend the weekend-

·      rock scrambling,

·      abseiling,

·      cliff jumping,

·      trekking in the dark and

·      exploring tunnels and caves.

They’ll survive on food sourced from the land, and sleep under basic army-style tarpaulin shelters and tents.

Presenters Oli and Rachael will each go head-to-head with their teams to be crowned the first ever Challenge the Wild champions.


To support Richard you can make donation to Team Oli via Just Giving. Or you can donate £3 by texting NWCR47 £3 to 70070.

Inspired by his two uncles, Malcolm and Bobby Pearson, Richard will take Part in the challenge to raise vital funds for North West Cancer Research. Malcolm and Bobby have both been diagnosed with prostate cancer; which makes this challenge all the more emotional for Richard.

68-year-old Malcom is now in recovery after two years of treatment. His brother, Bobby, is continuing his fight with regular treatment, and support from his friends and family.

“Challenge the Wild will be a real testament to my endurance. The nature of my job as a firefighter means that I am required to keep active, but it will be nothing compared to the two days in Ireland.”

“It is a once in a lifetime experience for me, the team has already met up once and we all get on very well. I’m excited to start the challenge although I’m not particularly looking forward to the bug eating they have planned for us.”

“It’s important not to forget the real reason why I am doing this. Cancer is something that has affected so many people included myself and family. If I put myself through a fraction of the pain cancer sufferers go through, it will be worth it to know I have helped to make a difference.”

Since signing up to Challenge the Wild Richard has been cycling 175km each week. He has also added a mixture of cardio and strength training to his workouts to prepare him for the strenuous challenge.


North West Cancer Research’s commitments in North Wales

North West Cancer Research will fund over £13 million worth of cancer research over the next five years.

The charity funds the North West Cancer Research Institute at Bangor University. To date it has spent over £2.5 million on cancer research at the university. This includes:

  • Support for researchers and PhD Students.

  • The creation of research fellowships- helping to attract the world’s leading cancer researchers to Bangor.



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