Hope woman's pride after climb in memory of husband


Owen Evans

A WIDOW has scaled nearly 14,000 feet in memory of her late husband.

Julia Evans, from Hope, has raised about £3,200 by scaling Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas mountain range in Morocco.

She took on the challenge to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, marking 10 years since her husband, Nick Allott, 40, died from the incurable muscle-wasting condition.

The 51-year-old has now raised more than £15,000 for the charity since her husband died.

“I’m really proud of how much we have raised,” she said.

“As it has been 10 years since his death, I decided to undertake this challenge to symbolise the long, hard, uphill struggle that is the reality for those affected by motor neurone disease (MND) and their families. Sadly, I reached the summit long before a cure for MND will be reached, but all those who donated to this venture have brought that day one step closer.

“Every step I took on this trek is taken for Nick and for everyone fighting MND.”

After the death of Mr Allott, who had two daughters, Ellie, 22, and Evie, 21, Mrs Evans set up a tribute fund in his memory.

She said her late husband was “a kind and generous man with a wicked sense of humour”.

She added: “He was a family man and was very proud and supportive of his daughters. 

“Nick was a man who did not want to leave his family behind and battled very hard against a very cruel disease that robbed a strong and articulate man of his abilities to walk, feed and clothe himself.

“He was very brave until the end.”

Mrs Evans took on the 13,671ft trek between June 5 and 9 without anybody else she knew.

She said: “I didn’t know anybody when I went. I just signed up for it.

“There were other people raising money for MND and some others raising money for different charities. 

“I didn’t know anybody when I first started, but I got to know them and we have all stayed in touch.”

Mrs Evans said she hoped to do more in the future, but was unsure what her next challenge might be.

To donate, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/juliatomorocco

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