The French children's cancer charity at the heart of very British Open Gardens scheme

One of the children helped by cancer charity A Chacun son Everest
One of the children recovering from cancer who has been helped by the charity A Chacun son Everest

With no Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts events taking place in November, Jane Hanks talks to Doctor Christine Janin, the remarkable founder of A Chacun son Everest, the children's cancer charity that has benefited from the kindness of gardeners to the tune of €12,000

A total €12,000 raised by kindhearted homeowners who opened their gardens to the public in the summer of 2016 has been handed to children’s cancer charity A Chacun son Everest.

The money was raised as part of the Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts scheme, which launched in 2013 and now boasts more than 100 special gardens on its books. The Connexion is pleased to be a partner of the scheme. 

Open Gardens President Mick Moat says the charity chose A Chacun son Everest because organisers felt it was 'unjust' for children to be stricken by cancer.

In 1990, the charity's founder, Doctor Christine Janin, became the first Frenchwoman to climb Everest. In 1992, she completed the Seven Summits challenge, climbing the highest mountain on each continent; and in 1997 she was the first woman to reach the North Pole without mechanised help or dogs.

After standing on the roof of the world, Dr Janin decided to combine her medical and sporting skills to help others face cancer, a challenge she has described as 'their own Everest'.

Mr Moat visited the charity's centre in ...

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