Climbers With Cancer: apply now for a grant

Posted by Tony Ryan on 01/02/2016
BMC Climbers With Cancer awards 2016 in tribute to CAC founder John Ellison.

The BMC is pleased to launch its Climbers With Cancer grant scheme, and welcomes applications from climbers and walkers who have cancer and who require funds for a personal goal or project.

Longstanding BMC competitions volunteer and Climbers Against Cancer (CAC) founder John Ellison passed away in December, having united the global climbing community in a colourful t-shirt clad fight against cancer, raising over £400,000 in the process. As a tribute to John, we have set up a one-off grant scheme to provide five grants of £1,000 for climbers and hill walkers with cancer.

The BMC’s Climbers With Cancer awards are available to climbers or hill walkers who have suffered or are suffering from cancer. The idea is to provide a kick-start to help people do something they’ve always wanted to do. This could be a climbing or mountaineering objective or an equally worthy personal goal or project related to their cancer.

BMC members will be given priority and there will be a focus on ‘younger’ cancer suffers (John was only 52 when he died).

HOW TO APPLY:
Download and complete the application form, and submit it to the BMC by Friday 1 April 2016.
Awards will be made by mid-April

Download the BMC Climbers With Cancer grant application form

The BMC is proud to be an Official Partner of Climbers Against Cancer


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08/04/2016
I think this is a really great idea. As a climber who was diagnosed with prostate cancer I appreciate the sentiments behind this. However maybe the BMC.could think about how it could make it easier for climbers with cancer to get travel insurance. It would be fantastic to get a grant to help with a longstanding climbing/mountaineering goal but would you then be insured by the BMC's insurance partners to undertake the mission. I went abroad before my prostatectomy with my wife. I could get insurance through the BMC but was told that I would be unable to claim for any health related problem. Having an accident on the hill certainly sounds like something that a cancer sufferer would have trouble claiming for and yet that's what we want BMC insurance for. I have been lucky my prostatectomy seems to have been successful. I need no further treatment just periodic blood tests for the foreseeable future though it could always come back. I should be able to get insurance again if I am clear for a period. If the prognosis was more serious it would drive me nuts to think that I couldn't go to the Alps again because I couldn't get insured.
Tony Ryan(author comment)
08/04/2016
In reply to 1):
Hello Steve,
Many thanks for your comments. We would like to understand more about your experiences with BMC Travel Insurance. Please could you contact Jim Krawiecki at the BMC office on 0161 438 3319.
09/04/2016
Thanks for your response Tony, I'll phone Monday.

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