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Picture of Chris and Grant, joined by family and friends at Snowdon.

Our Public and Uniformed Services tutors, Chris and Grant, are set to take on the 'Snowdon Six' Challenge this July, accompanied by family and friends, as they continue to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK, in memory of Chris' late brother, Darren, and his niece, Zoya, who has recently been diagnosed with the Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) gene.

Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) is an inherited disorder, which Chris' family carry the gene for. The gene causes multiple small growths in the colon and has a high chance of developing into cancer if left untreated. Just before Darren passed last April, his 11-year-old daughter was also found to carry the gene.

Since his passing, Chris' family and friends have come together to form 'Darren's Champions' in order to help raise funds for the second biggest cancer killer, Bowel Cancer.

The group has organised numerous challenges and fundraisers over the past 12 months, raising almost £10,000 for Bowel Cancer UK. Their first venture saw them take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks last July, accompanied by our very own Public and Uniformed Services students who were eager to help support their tutor, Chris.

The group's next challenge, the "Snowdon Six", will see Chris accompanied by a group of 50 others, including our Public and Uniformed Services tutor, Grant, and his NG-UP fitness class take on Snowdon's six official routes to the summit.

The group will hike up three of the Welsh mountain paths and back down another three in less than 24 hours, covering 24 miles and over 9000ft of ascent!

Chris said: "Our next challenge is not for the faint-hearted, but as a family, we are determined to raise awareness and funds towards research into FAP, through the charity Bowel Cancer UK, so that my brother's daughter, along with other families who are also suffering from the disease, have the best chance of survival in the future."

Good luck to Chris, Grant, and the team! If you would like to support them and donate, visit their JustGiving page.