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3 Peaks in memory of 'Superman' Chris

The wife of ‘superman’ Chris Greenwood is asking for people to join her for a hike up Scafell Pike in April, in memory of her husband.

Ruth. 63, and Chris from Darwen, enjoyed regular walks and completed two of the three peaks – vowing to return to Scafell Pike to complete the challenge together.

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However, in late 2016 Chris was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Despite numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and operations, the cancer spread and Chris was diagnosed with a brain tumour which was removed in July 2018. He was later diagnosed with cancer of the spine and back and multiple brain tumours had returned, Chris died at East Lancashire Hospice on 19 December 2018.

Ruth said: “He was my superman. The last two years have been like a rollercoaster of emotions. He didn’t complain and nothing seemed to faze him. He always put a brave face on things and never moaned about his condition or his long-term prognosis. He was so brave.”

Ruth will be leading the hike up Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England measuring 978m above sea level - on Saturday 20 April 2019. The walkers will set off from the National Trust Car park at Wasdale Head at 10am and Ruth is asking for people to join her and make a £10 donation to East Lancashire Hospice – where Chris was cared for before he died.

She said: “We have had both Climbed Ben Nevis and Snowdon, so we set ourselves the challenge of fulfilling the Three Peaks together, Unfortunately, we didn’t get the time together to do it.

“We will be carrying Chris’ ashes on the day, and will be raising a glass at the top. We want to make as much money as we can for East Lancashire Hospice who cared for him in his final days.”

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Ruth said many of their friends and family have already said they will join her for the climb and she has set herself the target of raising a least £500 for the charity.

She said: “The more the merrier. Anyone is welcome to come and join us and help us to raise money for the hospice.

“The care he received was incredible and all the staff were so lovely. They didn’t just care for Chris, they cared for me and our friends and family too. They gave Chris his dignity when he was dying. Every single person there is worth their weight in gold.”

For more details, visit www.­justgiving.­com/­fundraising/­r-holden2