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Deal mother-of-two raises £14k in coast challenge

A Deal woman who could only dream of finding a cure for breast cancer, has raised an outstanding £13,578.93 to help Breakthrough Breast Cancer do just that.

Mum-of-two Chantele Rashbrook, who has secondary breast cancer, hosted a challenge from Hastings in Deal in June.

It was estimating she had raised £10,000 but latest figures show she has actually raised nearly £14,000.

Chantele and Phil Rashbrook with their cheque for Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Chantele and Phil Rashbrook with their cheque for Breakthrough Breast Cancer

The challenge, taken up by 70 people, involved a 55-mile run from Hastings to Deal, with other starting points at Lympne Castle (25 miles), Capel le Ferne (15 miles) and Dover seafront (10 miles).

This week, a cheque for a whopping £10,510.68 was given to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, with hope they will be able to find a cure.

A further £3,068.25 has already been given to the charity from Just Giving accounts, cheques made directly to them and a £1,000 donation from Barclays Bank, bringing the overall total to £13,578.93.

Mrs Rashbrook said: “I just want to say thank you to everyone who was involved.

“Thanks to the sponsors, the King’s Head and Port Arms, those who donated raffle and auction prizes, especially the local businesses and The Royal Cinque Ports. And of course, those who took part, volunteered and marshalled.

“I couldn't have done it without you.

“It is going to happen again next year, in June. We haven’t got a date yet but we want to make it even bigger and get more people involved.”

Mrs Rashbrook’s husband Phil, a former Royal Marine based in Deal, was the first to complete the longest stretch of the challenge – the run from Hastings.

He crossed the finishing line with a two-hour lead on the other starters.

He has said he will not be taking part in the longest distance next year but would like to help his wife with the organising, plus give others a chance!

Mrs Rashbrook, who will undergo her last treatment next week and has a love of running, has said she will definitely be taking part.

She added: “I’m still very proud of what he did, even though it’s water off a ducks back for him. I’m near the end of my treatment now and I plan to up my running game.”

Registration for next year’s cliff top challenge will open in December. For updates, follow Chantele Rashbrook on Facebook.

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