Barkway’s Natalie scales London’s skyscrapers to raise money for bowel cancer sufferers like mum Theresa

Natalie Sanchez and her mum.

Natalie Sanchez and her mum. - Credit: Archant

A mum of two from Barkway will scale one of London’s most iconic buildings to raise money for a charity that’s helping bowel cancer sufferers like her mum.

She may have a dodgy knee, work part-time and have two children, but 33-year-old Natalie Sanchez won’t let that get in the way when she tackles the London Three Peaks challenge to raise dosh for Bowel & Cancer Research with two friends.

As part of the mission, Natalie will climb 1,000 plus steps to the top of The Gherkin.

Meanwhile Helen Campbell, 34, will tackle the Salesforce Tower and Hannah Webster, 32, will run to the top of 200 Aldersgate and abseil down to the finish line.

If that wasn’t enough, the trio will all run a 5k course between each building.

Natalie’s mum Theresa Bartlett, 55, was diagnosed with bowel cancer last November, had surgery in January and is currently undergoing treatment.

Natalie said: “The way she’s dealing with it is amazing – she’s such an inspiration.

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“We’re a very close-knit family and my mum plays a huge part in our lives.

“All the family work hard as a team to make sure she’s got the support she needs.

“We’re so grateful for the treatment she’s had from the NHS and invaluable information from charities and associations that I wanted to give something back.

“Mum’s really chuffed we’re fundraising for Bowel & Cancer Research. She knows how much this has touched us all and when she’s fit and well she wants to help with fundraising too.”

Natalie has had three left knee operations in the last six years, but that doesn’t faze the sporty graphics operator.

She said: “I’ve always been sporty and I’m very competitive.

“In the last couple of years I’ve run in Race for Life and a Pretty Muddy race and Helen and Hannah have run marathons.

“This challenge is very different and will be a good fitness test to see if my knee is OK.”

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