A LOCAL girl has completed a sponsored climb up the Eiffel Tower and raised thousands for a cancer charity.
Rachel Deas (10), from Forfar, realised an impressive total of £2,500 after taking on the challenge to climb the 1,063 foot tall famous iron monument in memory of her grandfather who passed away after battling lung cancer in March of this year,
Rachel, who is a pupil at Whitehills Primary School, received a generous amount of sponsorship money from both family and friends before she then donated the cash she raised to her chosen cause, Cancer Research UK.
Alana Loudon, who is the chair for Cancer Research UK Relay For Life and Angus local committee for Cancer Research UK, accepted the cheque for the charity on Saturday.
Cancer Research UK aims to save lives by preventing, controlling and curing cancer and they do this through the funding of world class research into all aspects of cancer, providing information and influencing public policy.
Rachel’s money will also go towards helping to fund a fantastic team of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.
The charity provides a clear, understandable and empowering information about cancer for patients, health professionals and the public and they push hard for positive changes in public policy and legislation, which helps to keep cancer at the top of the health agenda.
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognisable architectural landmarks in Paris and is considered to be the world famous symbol of France.
There are a whopping 1,665 steps on the structure but it is not possible for members of the public to reach the very top of the Tower via the stairs. Access beyond the second platform, to which Rachel climbed, is through the use of lifts.
Rachel climbed all the way to the second level and then back down again.
The family visited the city of Paris for five days and “had a ball” whilst they were there.
Rachel’s mother, Paula, said: “We are very proud of her for raising so much money and for someone her age to come up with something like that.”
After Rachel lost her grandfather, she decided that she wanted to do something for charity and it was her lunch box, that has a picture of the monument on it, that she takes to school which helped inspire her to do a sponsored climb up the Eiffel Tower.