Trowbridge man supporting lupus-hit colleague
1:00pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in Latest News
A businessman is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in support of a Trowbridge employee with a rare illness.
Rob Dangerfield, 33, manager of Magnet, in Polebarn Road, aims to conquer the three highest mountains in the UK – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – in 24 hours on September 14.
He is doing it in honour of Holly Langer-Hawke, a design consultant with the kitchen firm, who was diagnosed with the incurable disease lupus, which means she suffers extreme fatigue and joint pain, as well as liver and kidney problems.
Miss Langer-Hawke said: “It is a very severe condition, which is very difficult to get under control, but it is great to have the support from my family and to have that at work, too, is such a fantastic thing, as they’ve been with me in this from the start.”
Funds raised with the Three Peaks Challenge will be donated to Lupus UK, a charity that helps sufferers, researches lupus and raises awareness of it.
So far, Mr Dangerfield has been pledged £1,200 sponsorship.
He said: “I hired Holly, so I’ve known her for a long time and have seen the way she takes everything in her stride and copes with this illness. She has a really positive attitude and I’m very pleased to raise money to show support for her.”
Miss Langer-Hawke, who gets treatment at Bradford on Avon Health Centre and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, said: “It is hard not to be upbeat when I’ve got so many people around me offering such great support.”
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