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Nursery staff and Mail journalist to climb O2 Arena for charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

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A PLUCKY group of nursery workers and a Mail journalist will climb an iconic London landmark to raise money in memory of a colleague who died from cancer.

For the second year in a row reporter Mark McKay will join a team of 20 Stretton Day Nursery workers (pictured) when they scale the O2 Arena – formerly known as the Millennium Dome.

More than £5,500 was raised last year in the hope of giving terminally ill nursery worker Alison Hadfield her dream wedding.

But the money was donated to Cancer Research UK and the Stillbirth and Neonatal Charity (Sands), after she died before her could walk down the aisle.

Nursery manager Helen Eaton said repeating the event was a way to keep Alison’s memory alive.

She said: “I think what happened to Ali has made us seize life. If you fancy doing something then it’s a case of seeing how we can do it rather than saying we can’t.

“We all miss her to bits but it is fantastic she was able to achieve so much and inspire us to do this.

“It’s great that our families and team have clubbed together again.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the climb can do so at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/climb-an-icon and at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ClimbingAnIcon

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