In-laws battle it out in the wild for North West Cancer Research

Tuesday, 16th May 2017 | General | 0 comments

In an extreme case of family rivalry sister and brother-in-law Stuart and Amy will go head-to-head in the wilds of Ireland. Amy Jennens (32) and Stuart Austin (33) will take part in Challenge the Wild to raise money for life-saving cancer research project at Bangor University.

Challenge the Wild

North West Cancer Research have teamed up with Heart North Wales and their presenters. On Friday 23 June Rachael from Heart Drive and Oli from Heart Breakfast, along with 10 team members, will head to Ireland to Challenge the Wild. The challengers will spend the weekend-

·      rock scrambling,

·      abseiling,

·      cliff jumping,

·      trekking in the dark and

·      exploring tunnels and caves.

They’ll survive on food sourced from the land, and sleep under basic army-style tarpaulin shelters and tents.

Presenters Oli and Rachael will each go head-to-head with their teams to be crowned the first ever Challenge the Wild champions.

To support Amy, you can donate to Team Oli via Just Giving you can donate £3 by texting NWCW47 £3 to 70070

To support Stuart, you can donate to Team Rachael via Just Giving or you can donate £3 by texting NWCW48 £3 to 70070 


The duo are competing in memory of Amy’s mother, Sharon who lost her battle with cancer aged 54.

Amy has joined team Oli and is keen to take part in the strenuous challenge. “I’m doing this to hopefully prevent another family going through what mine has.  My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. 

“Initially we thought it had worked, but after a pain in her stomach we realised the cancer had spread to her liver.  The ordeal lasted seven long years.  We’re fundraising so North West Cancer Research can save more lives sooner.

“I’m active and enjoy a new challenge, but the water tasks will really test me.  I’ve previously taken part in the Welsh 15 Peaks Challenge which took 19 hours to complete.  I’ve joined Team Oli and we’ve all clicked instantly.  Each team member brings a different set of skills to the mix, so together we are a force to be reckoned with.”

Brother-in-law Stuart will join team Rachel as the pair go head-to-head to be named the first Challenge the Wild winners.

“This challenge is everything I hate – heights, bugs, camping and open water.  No one believes I can do it.  My own wife is still on the fence about who she’ll support between me and her sister. I’m a mechanic and dad to a seven month old baby girl, so this is completely out of my comfort zone. I'm looking forward to pushing myself and raising money for such a worthwhile cause and obviously beating Amy.

 “Ultimately, I decided to take on this challenge to raise money for North West Cancer Research. With the loss of my mother-in-law, I’ve seen first-hand the devastating effects cancer has on families.” 

All money raised during the challenge will be spent on life-saving cancer research projects at Bangor University.


North West Cancer Research’s commitments in North Wales

North West Cancer Research will fund over £13 million worth of cancer research over the next five years.

The charity funds the North West Cancer Research Institute at Bangor University. To date it has spent over £2.5 million on cancer research at the university. This includes:

  • Support for researchers and PhD Students.

  • The creation of research fellowships- helping to attract the world’s leading cancer researchers to Bangor.

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