Dereham friends complete Three Peaks Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

A group of Dereham friends tackled snow, ice and hail to raise just over �1,200 in memory of a Dereham woman who died of Cystic Fibrosis.

Tonia Rivett, 21, had suffered with the condition since birth and died on June 29 last year.

Her cousin Mark Fordham, 21, was one of the eight people who climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scaffel Pike in the Lake District, and finally Snowdon, in Wales, in just under 24 hours at the weekend for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

He described Miss Rivett, a former Northgate High School pupil and Morrisons employee, as someone who did not let the condition stop her from doing things she wanted to do.

Mr Fordham said: 'She was an outgoing person. If people didn't know her they wouldn't know she was ill. She should have gone to university, she was the smartest one in the family. She never wanted to let anything hold her back.'

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He added that Miss Rivett was 'nuts' about Chelsea Football Club and was a fighter.

Other people in the group included Miss Rivett's cousin Tom Fordham, 24, Jay Eastoe-Smith, 21, Chris Kay, 24, Lee Matsell, 24, Chris Harbour, 25, Jake Watson, 22, and their friend Paul Howarth, 22, from Manchester.

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The group started in Scotland at 1pm on Saturday (April 28) and finished at Snowdon at 12.40pm the following day.

After the challenge, Mr Eastoe-Smith said: 'We all underestimated it to be honest. The first day was nice because while we were going up Ben Nevis it was nice, clear and beautiful.'

While walking up Snowdon the group encountered snow, hail and rain as well as having climb up the rockface.

The group plans to do a physical challenge each year for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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Miss Rivett's family will be holding a coffee morning in aid of the charity at Church Hall Rooms, Church Stret, Dereham, on June 16.

A group of 15 people who know the family will be taking part in a skydive on July 21 for the worthy cause.

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