Three peaks climbers aiming to give Carlisle girl fighting leukaemia special holiday


Kind-hearted fund-raisers are aiming high to raise money for a young girl with leukaemia.

Five-year-old Bianca Taborda was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last year.

She is currently undergoing two-and-a-half years of treatment, which includes intensive courses of chemotherapy.

Family and friends are rallying round to support brave Bianca, whose wish is to embark on a dream Disney trip.

And almost two dozen supporters have set their sights on completing a gruelling Three Peaks challenge to help make her ambition come true.

This comprises quickfire climbs of the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales: Ben Nevis (1,345m), Scafell Pike (978m) in the Lake District and finally Snowdon (1,085m) – all inside 24 hours.

This is due to take place on June 10 and has been organised by Joanna Bedwell, of Denton Holme, Carlisle. Her son, Joe, is the boyfriend of Bianca’s sister, 21-year-old Catarina.

Joanna, 43, has started an online Just Giving Crowd Funding page with a £1,000 target.

Her 20-strong team will tackle the fell walking challenge along with another Carlisle-based band of fund-raisers who are supporting the Jigsaw children’s hospice.

They will start in Scotland and are due to travel south in a fleet of minibuses.

Joanna had a message for those learning about both Bianca’s illness and her fantastic fundraiser: “Please help and donate to help a little girl’s dream come true.”

Bianca’s mother is Teresa Taborda, of Harraby. She is married to factory worker Jorge, 50, and has three other children: Catarina, Marta, 20, and 18-year-old Ricardo.

“She is coping very well,” Teresa said of her youngest daughter, who attends Inglewood Community Nursery and Infant School in Carlisle.

“If you know Bianca you would say she is not ill because she is always bubbly, jumping and happy.”

Speaking about those preparing to tackle the Three Peaks to support Bianca, she added: “I don’t have words to explain or to thank them for what they are doing.

“It is difficult to say, to express to people what they are doing. No words.”

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