Diss restaurateur sets sights on Kilimanjaro trek in wake of husband’s ordeal with prostate cancer

Katrina Bavin, co-proprietor at Weavers in Diss, is to trek Kilimanjaro next year to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. ANL-150909-102556001

Katrina Bavin, co-proprietor at Weavers in Diss, is to trek Kilimanjaro next year to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. ANL-150909-102556001

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A Diss restaurateur has set herself the daunting task of climbing Kilimanjaro nearly 6,000 metres high in a bid to raise funds for a charity close to her family’s heart.

Katrina Bavin, proprietor of Weavers Wine Bar and Eating House on Market Hill, will attempt to scale the world’s tallest free-standing mountain on February 5, 2016.

Funds raised will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK.

It comes after Mrs Bavin’s husband and co-proprietor William was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago.

After radiotherapy and drug treatment, she said he is “doing well”, but added she was compelled to help raise funds to beat a disease which claims the lives of about 10,000 men in the UK each year. She hopes to raise £5,000.

“It was a challenging time whilst we as a family dealt with the consequences of the cancer and its treatment,” she said.

“Now that William’s cancer has stabilised on the drug therapy I felt it was time to do something positive for the charity that helps support those living with the disease and continue to research new and better treatments that will hopefully help Will in the future and many men like him. Having talked about Kilimanjaro for years, I decided it would be the perfect challenge to raise money for the charity.”

“The family have relied heavily on the support of Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses and its research team need vital funds to continue pioneering work into new and better drug treatments.”

n The next fundraising event is a 1940s-themed ball, set for Bressingham Steam Museum on Saturday, September 19, at 7.30pm. For tickets, call 07944 996985. To sponsor visit www.justgiving.com/KatrinaVKilimanjaro