STAFF from Malvern Hills District Council will embark on a mammoth challenge of pushing a piano more than 1,000 feet up the famous hills in support of their colleague who is battling breast cancer.
The team, also made up of Wychavon District Council members, will aim to scale the Worcestershire Beacon when they take on the Malvern Piano Push on Saturday, June 3 for personal assistant Nicky Stevens who was diagnosed with the disease shortly before Christmas last year.
Dressed as Victorian adventurers, the group will stop off at several locations along the way for short performances for the public to enjoy before resuming their mission to reach the top.
Malvern Hills Voice Choir will also be joining the trek up hills and there will be a final performance once the group reaches the summit.
The team will start their push at 11am in the centre of Great Malvern and they hope to raise £2,000 for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven.
So far more than £900 has been pledged.
Speaking about the moment she received her diagnosis, Nicky said: “I knew something wasn’t quite right and I went to the doctor, found the lump and I was referred for tests.
“When it was confirmed as cancer I was frightened.
“I didn’t know how I was going to deal with it but the support I’ve had from friends, family and work has been amazing and inspired me.”
The 48-year-old is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and will then have to leave for surgery.
Further treatment may then follow.
“The chemotherapy is hard and becoming more intrusive,” Nicky said.
“I am naturally a bubbly and enthusiastic person and the treatment does make it hard to me at times but being able to carry on working has meant I’m not isolated and the support has been amazing.
“To hear about the piano push and all the other fund-raising people are doing means the world to me.”
She added that the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven is a special place and provided her with all the emotional support she needed following her diagnosis.
Nick also paid tribute to her three daughters – Emily, 19, Amy, 18, and Poppy, 13 – for their bravery and support as well as given a final message to other people in her situation.
“Don’t be afraid,” she said. “There are place like the Haven out there and there’s so much support. You don’t have to go through this on your own.”
Simon Smith, economic development manager at Malvern Hills District Council, added: “We know this is a slightly barmy thing to do, but the team are all training hard to take on this challenge and hope that our efforts will be enjoyed by many along the way as well as raising plenty of money for a fantastic worthwhile cause.”
To donate to the cause and for more information about the challenge visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MalvernHillsPianoPush.