Iceland is next stop on ‘bucket list’ epic

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A GRANDFATHER who has compiled a fundraising “bucket list” to raise cash for the hospital that saved his wife has unveiled details of his latest challenge which he hopes will raise thousands of pounds.

Jim Beachill, 68, has already raised almost £30,000 for Sheffield’s Weston Park Cancer Hospital after completing walks along Hadrian’s Wall and the Great Wall of China with his grandchildren Jack, 15, and Elisha, 13.

Now the trio are preparing for an expedition in August which will see them trek across Iceland from one side of the island to the other, across unforgiving volcanic terrain.

Mr Beachill, who lives in Conisbrough, between Doncaster and Rotherham, said he was committed to completing his list and raising cash for the 100 scientists at the hospital engaged in research against cancer.

He added: “While most people will be basking on sun filled beaches next year I and my grandchildren, Jack and Elishia, will be trekking in the cooler climate of Iceland.

“This is the next task in my ‘bucket list’ and we are also doing it for the benefit of Weston Park Cancer Charity.

“The latest development is the new clinical trials centre in Sheffield. This project will cost £1.3m and they are asking for support.

“Our challenge will help in this battle against an illness which affects many, many families in the UK. Another 6,000 people in this region alone will be given the dreaded news each year – unless we change it.”

Mr Beachill said he and his grandchildren hoped their Iceland journey would raise at least £10,000 and they were “very excited” at the prospect of seeing some of the world’s most spectacular glaciers and volcanos.

Mr Beachill’s wife Barbara was diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago and spent several weeks in Weston Park Hospital.

He added: “Thank you for saving someone’s life is never enough and so we decided to use the bucket list challenges to help.”

To donate log on to www.justgiving.com/James-Beachill3