Fran Woodcock wins a Telegraph Lockdown Award

3rd June 2020

Fran Woodcock, former student (Classics, 2004) and now our Alumnae Relations and Communications Manager, has been climbing Ben Nevis from her living room, while wearing various homemade costumes, to raise money for Shine Cancer Support, a national charity that supports people in their 20s, 30s and 40s with cancer. She has received a Telegraph Lockdown Award for her efforts.

Fran, who was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 29, has not left her house since lockdown began due to receiving chemotherapy. She had planned to climb Ben Nevis to fundraise for Shine in May, to mark five years of living with cancer. Post lockdown, this was no longer possible. Undeterred, Fran said, 'I decided to use the time by climbing the equivalent height of Ben Nevis (1,345m) on a treadmill in my sitting room.' Fran has been doing her climb in a range of costumes, including her St Hilda's stash, Yoda, a Dalek, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Easter Bunny, and a ballet dancer. The costumes are all made from things she already has in the house, which she described as, 'lots of recycling, crocheted items and repurposed cat toys have been involved. So far I’ve made over 20 costumes and still have almost as many to go before I finish my climb.'

Many congratulations to Fran on raising over £8000, which is just over the halfway point of her target, and on her Lockdown Award. Find out more and donate at Fran's Just Giving page