Widow’s thrilling trek swells charity’s coffers

THE widow of a much-loved GP has completed a self-funded char- ity trekaroundtheGrandCanyon– which has helped to raise more than £9,000 for research into the ill- ness that claimed him. DrNigelMinett,who hadworked

at the Orchard Surgery in Langley, died in 2012, just 10 weeks after his diagnosis for pancreatic cancer. His widow, KateMinett, was one

of aparty of 20 trekkers, all ofwhom had been affected by the disease in oneway or another. But Kate was one of only two in

the party who slept under the stars in sub-zero temperatures, braving rattlesnakes, scorpions and ven- omous spiders as part of the “amaz- ing, exhausting, exhilarating and emotional” experience. Shededicatedher tripto themem-

ory of her husband, who spent 20 years as aGP at theMardenMedical Centre, and to raisemoney for Pan- creatic CancerUK. Kate said: “An incredible experi-

ence, so much natural beauty in God’s creation, so many beautiful hurting souls. “I would like to thank everyone

KateMinett stands above the Grand Canyon on her fundraising trek inmemory of husband Nigel, left

who took the time to con- tribute to my fundraising activities,who

have visitedmy JustGiving page or sentme donations. “I amtruly overwhelmed by your

generosity and the lovelymemories ofmy husbandyou shared. I amstill collecting sponsormoney – as of the beginning of November it has topped £9,400.” Pancreatic cancer is the tenthmost

common cancer in the UK affecting around 9,400 people every year.

It is regarded as a “silent killer”

because it is often too advanced by the time doctors discover it. Kate’s trek involved a week of

training in Arizona and Utah in preparation for an eight-mile hike, whichwas a timedascent of thepop- ular trail to Observation Point in ZionNational Park. She added: “It is difficult to find

thewords to trulydescribe the expe- rience. Awonderful teamof excep- tional human beings, all sadly touched by this dreadful cancer. There were somany sad stories but hope prevailed.” Council tax is

under strain ALMOST 60p in every £1 of council tax paid could be spent caring for children and the elderly by 2020. New analysis by the Local Gov-

ernment Association, ahead of the autumn Budget, shows the strain on council spending of rising de- mand for children’s services and an ageing population, which will leave less for services frompothole repairs to libraries. The LGA forecasts that for every

£1 of council tax collected in 2019/20, 56p will go on caring for the elderly, vulnerable adults and children – up 15p on 2010/11. The LGA suggests this could

leave just 6p in every £1 for refuse collection and as little as 5p for roads and street lighting. The LGA warns that as well as

the cost pressures, by 2020, local government in England will have lost 75p from every £1 in central government funding onwhat it re- ceived in 2015. There had been hope that local

government would be allowed to keep all of its business rates income by the end of the decade, but this was not in the Queen’s Speech. The LGA says the Government

needs to set out how it intends to help councils keep up with infla- tion and demand for services.

Ice Skating in the Park

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