“Royle” seal of approval for daring fundraising stunts by cancer survivors


A brave cancer survivor who plans a series of death-defying fundraising stunts has received the “Royle Seal of Approval.”

Top comedy actor Ricky Tomlinson captured a video urging people to support Ali Alcock as she takes on seven awesome challenges in aid of Macmillan cancer charity.

Including a skydive and wingwalking loops – although she is afraid of heights.

The fundraising week is being sponsored by longtime supporters of Ifor Williams Trailers with a generous donation of £2,200 from company director Carole Williams.

Ali has dedicated the challenges to her beloved cousin, Mark ‘Weeksy’ Weeks, from Johnstown, near Wrexham, who lost his brave battle with an incurable brain tumor last September.

Ricky, aka Jim Royle from the hit comedy series The Royle Family, was so impressed with Ali’s plans for her Week for Weeksy that he also made a personal donation to help.

In the video, Ricky said: “I want you to join Ali at around 1pm on Sunday 26th June at Dee Park football ground in Corwen for a day of fun, fundraising and a charity football match for all of it Money is being raised by Macmillan in memory of Ali’s cousin Mark Weeks, who sadly lost his battle with cancer last September.

“Listen. This is very, very important. We need all the money we can get. It’s so important that even me, tight old Jim, will make a small donation. If I can donate, you can donate.

“Don’t forget Sunday 26 June at 1pm at Dee Park Football Ground. I’ll see you there.”

Ali, from Corwen, is aiming to surpass the £20,000 she raised last year with a 10-minute wingwalk at heights of up to 10,000.

She will return to the same Gloucestershire airfield, but this time the plane will also perform aerobatics, including a loop, while standing on the wing with just a leaning post for company.

Her daredevil diary also includes a date with a skydive from 15,000ft above Tilstock Airfield in Shropshire.

Activities begin on Monday 20th June with a trek to the top of Snowdon accompanied by more than 40 supporters, with a much faster descent on the Velocity 2 zipline the following day, taking in speeds of up to 100 miles per hour flies over Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda.

Ali, who works for Denbighshire County Council, is also working with local schools to produce a video promoting Makaton, a language program that uses signs along with language and symbols.

There will be a benefit race night at the Stanton House pub in Chirk, with Ali promising a “racy reveal”.

The week ends with the charity football event, with matches between teams from Corwen and Rhos, where ‘Weeksy’ lived.

There will be two games, one between Corwen Veterans and their Rhos counterparts where ‘Weeksy’ lived and Corwen’s current team against Llangollen. They will be playing for the Mark Weeks Memorial Trophy.

For Ali, a social worker at Denbighshire County Council, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support is very personal.

According to Ali, a routine swab saved her life because it led to a diagnosis of cervical cancer and a hysterectomy.

She has since received the all-clear and embarked on a fundraising campaign in aid of Macmillan, who supported her as she went through the mill.

She has also seen other close family members receive a cancer diagnosis. Her father, Barry Jones, has been given the all-clear after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

But the family also had to cope with the devastating loss of Ali’s beloved cousin, Mark “Weeksy” Weeks, a charismatic and inspirational former paratrooper.

Ali said: “Mark was the bravest and strongest person I have ever known. He has been through so much and yet he was in such a positive mood.

“He was always so full of life, active and fit. He was the kind of guy who came off a night shift and then walked up Snowdon while wearing his Welsh boxers.

“I’ll be wearing a pair of these during the challenges as a tribute to him.

“I am incredibly grateful to Ifor Williams Trailers for supporting me throughout my fundraising efforts and this latest extremely generous donation will help cover the cost of taking on the seven challenges.

“Having Ricky Tomlinson shoot such a beautiful, supportive video is the icing on the cake. I am delighted to have received the Royle seal of approval.”

Carole Williams said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to once again support Ali.

“She is a truly brave and inspiring woman because she is facing and defying her own fears to raise money for a good cause.

“We wish her well and hope people will be inspired to donate generously so she can raise even more money for Macmillan this year.”

Ali has set up a Just Giving account for people who would like to donate to Macmillan: https://bit.ly/3MJyv9J

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