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DO plans charity trek across Jordan to mark 10 years cancer-free

Tina Swift will complete the change to fundraise for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust


Dispensing optician Tina Swift will complete a five-day trek across the desert in Jordan to raise funds for a cervical cancer charity.

Swift, who is a practice partner at Wooding Opticians in Bispham, which is part of the Hakim Group, is fundraising for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust through the trek this November, marking 10 years since her remission from cervical cancer.

The trek will take Swift through desert and valley terrains before she reaches the ancient city of Petra. She will also be joined by reality TV celebrities Scarlett Moffatt and Amber Gill.

Speaking about the challenge Swift shared: “When I first saw what was involved I thought: ‘There’s no way I could do anything like that;’ I’m too scared to even go on the rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But because it’s been 10 years [since my remission], I thought I should really mark that and get out of my comfort zone.”

She said that she is now “really excited” about the trek.

While Swift labels herself “one of the lucky ones” as she did not have to undergo chemotherapy, she did have a major surgical procedure at the age of 35.

Speaking about the experience, the mother of two said: “The good news for me was that, as it hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes, I didn’t have to go through any further chemo or radiotherapy, but still having a radical hysterectomy at that age was a massive, massive ordeal. The big thing was having the physical aspect of it being taken away from me, being told that I wouldn’t be able to carry another child, especially at just 35.”

During this time, Swift was supported by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the charity that she is now hoping to raise £3000 for through the trek.

To support Swift’s fundraising, visit her JustGiving page.