MP who battled cancer to climb Kilimanjaro

Tracey Crouch with a bell emoji after completing cancer treatment in 2021

Following her diagnosis, Tracey Crouch urged her Twitter followers to “check your wicks and coils”

Former sports minister Tracey Crouch is due to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise money for a breast cancer charity – two years after completing her last radiation treatment for the disease.

The Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford is hoping to raise £100,000 to help Breast Cancer Kent buy lifesaving equipment.

Ms Crouch told BBC Radio Kent she was really excited to climb Africa’s tallest mountain in July, but said it would be “a huge challenge”.

“One of the things cancer has done to me is stop putting off the things I want to do,” the 47-year-old said.

Ms Crouch completed her breast cancer treatment in February 2021 and said she wanted to give something back to the charity that supported her.

Breast Cancer Kent hopes the money raised will enable it to purchase a new ‘faxitron’ x-ray system, which speeds up diagnostic times by processing biopsies more quickly.

Giraffes walking in front of Mount Kilimanjaro

At 5,895 meters, many people attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania suffer from altitude sickness

On her fundraising page, Ms Crouch said Maidstone Hospital provided pathology services to much of Kent and depended on the use of imaging machines in other departments.

“This dramatically slows the rate at which they can process tissue, which means patients wait longer for their results,” she said.

Ms Crouch said the group of climbers she would join to tackle the mountain would be out of her comfort zone. She said that although she had “spent a night in a tent”, some climbers had never camped before.

However, Ms Crouch said she was ‘a pretty wild kid’ and was looking forward to seeing Kilimanjaro’s incredible night sky.

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