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Newton scout leader set for Macmillan charity challenge
Thursday 16th June 2016 @ 11:19 by Adam Higgins
Hyde News

A scout leader from Newton is taking on the four peaks challenge for charity just one year after beating skin cancer.

Sean Pelling is undertaking the 13 mile challenge – which will see him climb a total of almost 4,000ft over four mountains in the Lake District within a day – to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sean, who will be completing the challenge with three of his fellow scout leaders, discovered he had cancer after spotting a dark mole that had rapidly grown.

“At first you think it’s nothing. You think it wouldn’t happen to me, like most men do really.

“It was my wife who convinced me to go the doctors,” he said.

“It was there I found out it was the worst kind of skin cancer, as they found a malignant mole on my shin.”

Fortunately, the dangerous mole was caught in time and Sean has gone on to make a full recovery.

“My recovery was steady and in mid-June I was given the news anyone with cancer wants to hear: I had caught the cancer early enough and it had not spread.”

But he said the encounter had a profound effect on his outlook, spurring him on to do the mountain climbing challenge that will see him climb Scafell, England’s highest mountain.

“Your life just changes after cancer,” he said.

“You think what if I could change this and could have done that, and when you get the all clear you get the opportunity to do those things.”

“It’s about looking to my future,” he added.

He chose to focus on Macmillan after being so impressed with their care.

“I thought that there was nothing more fitting than raising money for Macmillan.

“They do an amazing job when you feel like nothing is working and you’re feeling isolated,” he added.

He also hopes to raise awareness for melanoma and encourages everyone to seek medical help if they are concerned.

“The amount of people who email me with pictures of their moles saying ‘what do you think’, I say to them just go to the doctors as soon as possible,” he said.

You can make donations for Sean Pelling’s expedition at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mountains-for-Moles