Stourbridge foster carer conquers Ben Nevis

Cherie Didlick

Cherie Didlick

First published in News

A SELFLESS Stourbridge foster carer who was unable to walk as a child says she can’t believe she made it to the top of Britain’s highest peak as part of a charity challenge.

Cherie Didlick, of Amblecote, conquered Ben Nevis on Saturday May 17 on a fundraising hike organised by Love 2 Give fundraising trust which helps needy children and young adults.

It was the third time the charity had organised the trek but the adventure was a first for 38-year-old Cherie who was paralysed from the age of two until she was ten, following an accident.

Defying doctors who predicted she would never walk again – Cherie managed to get back on her feet after intensive physiotherapy but was left with arthritis and having to wear a steel brace on her left leg and wrist, so scaling 4,409-foot Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands was the most enduring challenge she has ever faced.

Brave Cherie said: “I still don't think it has sunk in that I made it to the top, although my body is still telling me I did. I can't thank everyone enough for their kind words and all the motivation they gave me to get me there.

"It was a long, hard trek and the weather was atrocious."

The mum-of-two, who has also been a foster carer for the last four years, even had to endure a trip to A and E the following day as the pressure of the walk uprooted one of her toenails and it became infected and had to be removed.

But she said of the challenge: "I'm glad I did it - it was an absolutely amazing experience and I really wanted to raise awareness of the charity as the work they do is invaluable."

Cherie, who works at Sainsbury's Amblecote, has raised around £500 for the Love 2 Give charity, which was founded in 2013 by Black Country boxing promoter Pete Jackson and businessman Steve Grove.

Determined Cherie was part of a team of around 30 people who completed the 11-hour trek - the proceeds of which will go towards Love 2 Give's project to create a sensory garden at Acorn Lodge day centre, Oldbury, which helps children with severe physical disabilities.

Anyone wishing to boost Cherie's sponsorship can do so online at or to find out more about Love 2 Give check out

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