Scott Quinnell scales new heights for cancer charity

Rugby legend Scott Quinnell could be taking on his toughest challenge yet as he attempts to scale Africa’s tallest mountain to raise cash for a lung cancer charity.

Scott is one of 15 former Welsh rugby captains taking on Mount Kilimanjaro this week.  The group – who set off for Tanzania on Monday hope to raise £1 million for the Velindre Stepping Stones Appeal.

The Brains SA Captains Climb is the brainchild of Welsh Rugby Union photographer Huw Evans, whose wife Sue was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008.

Scott and his fellow climbers will have to overcome altitude sickness and extreme temperatures on their gruelling trek to the summit of the 5,891.8 metre high peak. 

He said:  “Climbing Kilimanjaro will be one of my toughest ever challenges. I hope that you are able to support me to help raise as much money as possible for the Stepping Stones Appeal. “

Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff, launched the Stepping Stones Appeal in January in order to increase awareness of the disease and fund research into lung cancer treatment.

Lung cancer is the commonest cause of cancer death in England and Wales and nearly 2,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in Wales every year. Although often associated with smoking, an increasing number of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked.

To sponsor Scott online, visit or donate £2 to the Brains AS climbers by texting Climb to 70099.

Scott Quinnell is People’s Postcode Lottery Ambassador for Wales and travels round the country presenting big checks to our Welsh Street Prize winners.


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