Stacey’s Smiles supporters to climb Kilimanjaro in latest fundraising bid

PUBLISHED: 12:18 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:18 12 April 2017

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro


Luke Comer and Rob Hayward will tackle to mount climb in three months time

What is neuroblastoma?

- Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid cancer during childhood and is particularly vunerable for infants with over 100 new cases being diagnosed in the UK every year.

- Around half of new ecases occur in children younger than two years old.

- It originates in nerve tissues in the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis leading to a dramatically reduced immune system and immense pain.

- There are four stages of the cancer with stage four being the most serious as there is only a 40 to 50 per cent survival rate.

- For treatment children are exposed to radiotherapy and chemotherapy sessions forcing them to spend a great deal of time either in hospital or at home recuperating from treatment.

A neuroblastoma cancer charity has announced a Mount Kilimanjaro climb challenge as its next fundraising bid.

Following a series of fundraising events, such as a live performance from Britain’s Got Talent dance troop Boogie Storm, the charity Stacey’s Smiles, have opted to go one step further and send a team of supporters to brave the high profile climb.

In three months time Luke Comer, and Rob Hayward will undertake Climb4Smiles, and ascent the Machame route up the mountain (19,345ft/5895 metres) to the Uhuru Peak over the course of seven days from June 16 to 25.

Mr Comer, and Mr Hayward, who are not professional climbers but complete novices, will be part of an organised climb with Action Challenge, and are currently in training for the event.

Stacey’s Smiles was formed in 2016 to celebrate the short life of Stacey Mowle from Gravesend, who passed away in 2015 following a long battle with neuroblastoma.

The charity was launched by Stacey’s parents, Warren and Samantha Mowle. Mr Mowle said: “This latest challenge underlines the dedicated ongoing momentum of Stacey’s Smiles whose primary aim is to raise awareness of this form of cancer and also grant personal wishes and surprise treats and memories for children and their families who are currently going through the heartache that Sam and I had to endure.

“We would like to hear from anyone who supports this challenge either on social media or with ideas from businesses for future treats and adventures.”

To support visit

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Gravesend Reporter. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest from the Gravesend Reporter