Teenage cancer patient set to join abseiling challenge

Mia Addison, Jodi Stonehouse and Caitlin Gott ahead of their abseil down Ripley Castle.
Mia Addison, Jodi Stonehouse and Caitlin Gott ahead of their abseil down Ripley Castle.

A teenage cancer patient from Pocklington will abseil down Ripley Castle with two other friends to raise cash for the Candlighters charity.

The abseil, which takes place on Sunday 24 April, will bring in funds for the charity that has supported the teenagers and their families from day one.

Jodi Stonehouse, from Pocklington, and Caitlin Gott, from Harrogate, are both 15 and were diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, while Mia Addison, from Knaresborough, is 14 and is on treatment for Osteosarcama.

The girls met during their treatment and are now close friends. Caitlin met Mia and Jodi separately at the hospital, and Jodi and Caitlin met through Chomp & Chat, a meal out for teenage patients.

They have since done a lot together; sailing, make-up activities, and Find Your Sense of Tumour, a conference for teen patients organised by the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Mia said: “Good things can come out of being on treatment for cancer when you’re a teenager.”

They wanted to raise funds for Candlelighters as a thank you for all the support they and their families receive, and when they found out about the abseil they all went for it.

Jodi’s mum, Kay, said: “Candlelighters have been there for us from day one. There’s always someone to chat to on clinic, on the ward or at The Square. They also organise activities from brothers and sisters that Jodi’s sisters love going to.”

You can sponsor Jodi, Mia and Caitlin on https://www.justgiving.com/Kay-Stonehouse1 or call 0113 322 9283