Exmouth woman faces her fears to raise funds for Hospiscare

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 September 2018

Kate Collett-Hughes taking on an abseil challenge in Dartmoor. Picture: Dave Talbot Adventure Events

Kate Collett-Hughes taking on an abseil challenge in Dartmoor. Picture: Dave Talbot Adventure Events

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An Exmouth woman has overcome her fears to complete an abseil to raise vital funds for a charity which supported her cousin prior to her death.

Shaun Collett-Hughes took part in a charity abseil in Dartmoor. Picture: Dave Talbot Adventure EventsShaun Collett-Hughes took part in a charity abseil in Dartmoor. Picture: Dave Talbot Adventure Events

Kate Collett-Hughes and her husband Shaun took on the Hospiscare challenge at Canonteign Falls in Dartmoor at the weekend in memory of Kate’s cousin Kim Baker, 48, who died from stage four ovarian cancer in 2015.

More than £160 was raised for Hospiscare by Kim and Shaun. Kate said the abseil brought her face-to-face with her biggest fears but she is pleased to say she has done it.

She added: “I have a fear of heights and water and didn’t anticipate how much water would be there.

“I am so chuffed to say I was able to do that but I won’t be repeating it. It’s lovely to be able to do it – I know if Kim was alive she would have been the first at the top of the water fall.”

Kate Collett-Hughes and her husband Shaun after completing an abseil at Canonteign Falls in Dartmoor. Picture: Dave Talbot Adventure EventsKate Collett-Hughes and her husband Shaun after completing an abseil at Canonteign Falls in Dartmoor. Picture: Dave Talbot Adventure Events

When Kim died three years ago, she left behind husband Adrian and six-year-old son Finley, now aged eight. This prompted her cousin Kate to set up ‘Kimbo’s Army’ – a band of supporters committed to raising funds for Hospiscare’s ‘absolutely brilliant’ Searle House, which supported Kim.

Earlier this month, a kick-off for Kim charity football match was organised at Exmouth Town Football Club. More than £5,500 has been raised for Hospiscare by ‘Kimbo’s Army’. Speaking to The Journal earlier this month Kate said: “Kim was a vibrant, lovely lady who was married with a gorgeous son. She was just amazing, strong and more of a sister than a cousin.

“She would know the right thing to say if you were having a bad time and she was an amazing mum”

Donate at www.justgiving.com/Kateandshaun.

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