Jo is a beacon of hope

Jo Lonsdale Frith who will light a beacon for the Jubilee
Jo Lonsdale Frith who will light a beacon for the Jubilee

A LEIGH cancer survivor will play a shining role in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Jo Lonsdale Frith, 48, has been invited by Cancer Research UK to join a group of cancer survivors, scientists and supporters who are scaling Scafell Pike in the Lake District to light the charity’s Beacon of Hope, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons.

The climbers, who include model and TV personality Nell McAndrew and Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris OBE, will light up the night sky above England’s highest mountain on Monday, to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Cancer Research UK is one of four charities that have been specially invited to light a Jubilee Beacon at the top of the UK’s four highest peaks.

Jo, who works at Tesco as a regeneration partnership manager, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2010, after finding a lump, and was grateful it was spotted early.

She successfully underwent a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The mum-of-one said: “Climbing Scafell Pike feels like a fitting way to mark the journey I’ve been on. I’m proud to be a part of the charity’s celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Standing alongside the scientists and fundraisers who are helping to save lives like mine, will be a great honour.

“My life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with cancer and I feared the worst. But, thanks to research, I am still here. I am so grateful for the treatment that saved my life.”

Ahead of the climb, Jo will be part of a Ceremony of Hope, which will give an opportunity for the climbers to commemorate Cancer Research UK’s vital work into beating cancer as well as memorable moments of The Queen’s 60 year reign.

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