No drill for Whitchurch stormtrooper who climbed Ben Nevis to raise money for charity


Staff reporter (Whitchurch Herald)

THERE WAS no drill for one Star Wars superfan from Higher Heath, near Whitchurch, who raised money for charity by scaling Britain’s highest mountain dressed as a Stormtrooper.
Ashley Heath, 28, presented a cheque this week for £1,300 to the Lingen Davies Action Appeal, in Shrewsbury, after spending seven hours climbing Ben Nevis, in Scotland, as a member of the Galactic Empire’s infantry.
Many fellow climbers insisted on a picture with the stormtrooper, but Ashley was just delighted to play some part in raising money for a centre that treated his mum Janet’s breast cancer.
He said: “When my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer I wanted to do something to raise money for the Lingen Davies Appeal as they were amazing throughout her treatment.
“It was hard work but I really enjoyed it. I had a lot of people asking to take pictures with me because they said no-one would believe them.
“At first they must have thought I was mad, but once they found out about the charity aspect they loved the idea.”
Mum Janet officially entered remission on Wednesday, October 14 following a successful operation in April and chemotherapy treatment at the centre in June.
She said: “I am really proud of Ashley. To climb Ben Nevis dressed as a Stormtrooper was really impressive and in many ways it was his way of coping with me having cancer.
The Lingen Davies Action Appeal has pledged to raise £750,000 by the end of 2016 to help fund an additional Linear Accelerator for the Cancer and Haematology Centre at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH).
Ashley has also presented a further £1,300 to Cancer Research UK after the money he raised was matched by family friend Ron Skelley, 62, who also climbed the mountain.
He said: “It seemed other people felt the same as passers-by on the mountain were donating cash to the cause.”
You can still donate to Ashley's upcoming rebellion on Scafell Pike at  https://www.justgiving. com/TK-3440/
To donate to the Lingen Davies Action Appeal visit www.lingen or Text LDAA15 £5/£10 to 70070.

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