Macmillan: Woman scales the O2 in Greenwich in memory of mum

A woman has climbed up the daunting O2 Arena to raise fund for Macmillan after losing both her mother and her grandmother to breast cancer.

Tracy Spicer-Neal, 49, said she made the steep journey to honour the memory of her mother, raising her toast to her idol once at the top.

Mum Sandra was battling cancer when during the height of the pandemic she lost her life, suddenly dying in November.

Tracy said her “world crashed.”

But nine months later she was toasting her memory at the top of the O2 in Greenwich, whilst also raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The idea all began in 2015 when Tracy and her mom, Sandra, attended the Elvis exhibition at the O2 Arena.

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“When we got there, we noticed people were climbing up the building and mom turned to me and said she really wanted to do it.

The climb was booked in advance and didn’t fit into their schedule, but Tracy remembered.

She said: “So, on the 11th August I did it!”

“Once I got to the top, I raised a toast to my mum. Today I am completely knackered & have blisters on the balls of my feet!”

Tracy said she “truly appreciated” the support, and that she wanted to help Macmillan “do whatever it takes” and support everyone who needs them.

The climb was sponsored, with a JustGiving page raising over £800 in funds for charity.

Tracy added: “I chose Macmillan because mom used to support Macmillan with a monthly donation.”

Jayna Kawa, Fundraising Manager says of the challenge “It seems that fundraising for charity runs in the blood of Tracy and Sandra.

“I’ve heard that Sandra often used to support local charities doing things like, dressing up and participating in annual sponsored walks and now Tracy is now picking up the baton.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to Tracy for choosing Macmillan and we really hope she has a head for heights. The money raised will help us to fund more healthcare professionals in local hospitals. Thank you, Tracy.”

Macmillan Cancer Support relies almost entirely on donations, and work to “give people with cancer everything we’ve got.”

You can also still donate to Tracy’s JustGiving page.

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