FRIENDS and family of a young woman who died of cervical cancer climbed one of the UK’s biggest mountains in her memory.
Keen sailor Sarah Rutter was 25 when she died on June 9, 2010, just seven months after being diagnosed with the illness.
She was known for her love of adventure and the great outdoors.
So her best friend Rachel Snowdon thought it only fitting to arrange the fundraising hike up the 3,720ft Snowdon in Wales.
She named the trek ‘Snowdon on Snowdon’.
The 25-year-old, from Bath, said: ‘I wanted to do something to recognise the anniversary of Sarah’s death.
‘We were around five when we first met.
‘We lived down the road from each other and went to Bishop Luffa School, in Chichester.
‘Sarah was wonderful. She was outgoing and fun and always wanted to make an adventure out of everything.
‘She was a very keen sailor, her life was based around it. She would have loved the Snowdon climb.
‘It was a struggle for some of us but we all helped each other and we had beautiful weather.
‘Reaching the top was a very poignant moment for all of us.’
Miss Snowdon and six friends were joined by Sarah’s mum Susan. Together they raised £1,600 for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust which gave Sarah so much support.
Mrs Rutter, from Westbourne, said: ‘The Snowdon on Snowdon event that Rachel organised was an amazing tribute to their friendship.
‘The group of girls that climbed were great all weekend, so supportive of each other, and Sarah always felt very close.
‘Rachel has raised so much money for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – Sarah would be so proud of her.
‘We miss Sarah terribly and I do not know how we would have got through this year without the continued support from The Rowans Hospice that we have received, they have been wonderful.
‘The staff from the family support services are so dedicated and compassionate and have held us with such grace.’
Miss Snowdon is planning more treks in the future, including tackling Ben Nevis, to raise money for her chosen charity.
If you would like to sponsor her go to justgiving.com/ rachel-snowdon/1.