Siriol is a journalist, broadcaster and pancreatic cancer awareness advocate who also likes adventures.
In 2012, her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died just six weeks later. Siriol decided to overcome her grief by raising money for charity and making people more aware of the facts surrounding this cruel disease. Here are the words she originally wrote about him during her first fundraising mission:
Quiet, mischievous, witty, intelligent and kind. That was the Brian we knew and loved. That was my dad. He liked fishing, rugby, snooker, Cardiff City FC, cards, chocolate raisins, pints of bitter (but only in a glass with a handle), and black and white films. He read to me for hours on end when I was little, helped me ride my bike without stabilisers, taught me how to play chess, showed me the finer points of gin rummy and poker (and more importantly, how to always win!), and introduced me to the films of Laurel & Hardy, Alfred Hitchcock and David Cronenberg, amongst other things. I miss him every single day.
In the prime of his life with so many things to look forward to, my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He took the news on the chin, shrugged his shoulders and carried on with his crossword. Just a few weeks later, he passed away, having been given no hope of survival whatsoever. Amidst the pain and indignity of dying in such a cruel way, he never once complained, and just got on with it, as he always did.
My dad was the most stoic person I’ve ever met, and so I know he wouldn’t have wanted me to mope around. This is why I’m trying to turn my grief into something positive by raising some much-needed money.
Since then Siriol has raised £8000 for both Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund by trekking the Inca Trail in Peru, and climbing some of the highest volcanoes in the Ecuadorian Andes in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
She’s now setting her sights on a challenge right on her own doorstep – to walk the entire circumference of Wales; this time in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Armed with a rucksack and a tent, Siriol will set off from Cardiff, anti-clockwise, on the 1st of June. She will be wild camping and relying on the kindness of both friends and strangers alike along the way.
Please give as much or as little as you can, whether it be donations or help to raise awareness. Thank you for reading.