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Weʼre raising £5,000 to honour Lindsay Durdle, and her wish to give back to the organisations that helped her through her cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Chapel Row, Reading, UK

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My brilliant, creative, funny, clever Wifey, Lindsay Durdle, died on the 31st of May 2018 just 18 months after her initial breast cancer diagnosis, and just 5 months after the diagnosis of secondaries.

Lindsay did not get bitter, or give up on life, and she didn’t let people call her “brave”. She preferred “strong”. And strong she was, making a conscious decision to live, love and laugh as much as possible before the end which came all too soon.

Anyone who knows Lindsay will be able to picture her smile, and hear the laugh. She kept those to the very end, making the absolute most of her last few months. Ever the organiser, she has ensured I know exactly what needs finishing in the house we are renovating, and the garden she was planning.

Even when admitted to hospital towards the end, on high flow oxygen and given a “slim” chance of getting home by the Doctors, as they shook their heads sadly, she persisted. She worked through the process, defying all expectations to get her oxygen need to the point where she could come home to the house, garden and cats she so loved.

Multiple organisations helped us on our journey, and before she died Lindsay made sure I knew which ones to fund-raise for, and in which order funds should be allocated. I've set a modest target, but having seen the outpouring of love for Lindsay I fully expect to smash it.

Thank you all.

Howard

All monies collected via this fundraiser will be donated to the following charities:

Cancer Research UK - Choosing breast cancer as the specific cancer to help.

Breast Cancer Care - As well as providing lots of helpful information early on, they sent Lindsay on weekends away where she could talk to others going through the same thing, and where she made new friends.

The Royal Berks Charity - our local hospital charity, which did so much to try to treat her disease, then ease her pain.

Maggie's - Lindsay loved visiting Maggie's - where art and architecture were part of the therapeutic effect. We both visited a few times soon after the terminal diagnosis which really helped us both with perspective and deciding what was important)

Lindsay also found support from some other charities, which will all receive small contributions:

TrekStock - Young Adult Cancer Support - gave Lindsay the HeadSpace meditation app.  She already knew about this app for her iPhone, but the £8 per month fee had been a (silly!) barrier to using it. They removed that. Mindfulness and meditation helped her hugely over the last 18 months, especially during spells of neutropenia and sepsis when she needed to stay calm.

My Cancer My Choices - provided acupuncture treatments that Lindsay very much enjoyed while she was undergoing Chemotherapy.

Shine Cancer Young People - a wonderful group Lindsay got a lot out of, including new friends. Had she been well enough they would have paid for her weekend away to meet them all.

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  • Howard Durdle1 year ago
    Howard Durdle

    Howard Durdle

    1 year ago

    We are doing so well - and have two generous donations from Thames Water to help us over the target, along with an offline donation from a dear friend in the US. I’ll be able to donate £1,000 to each of the main charities plus an amount to the smaller charities Lindsay wanted to help. Thank you all!

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  • Howard Durdle1 year ago
    Howard Durdle

    Howard Durdle

    1 year ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Raising the target again - £4,500 now!

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  • Howard Durdle1 year ago
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    Howard Durdle

    1 year ago
    Update from the Page owner

    I've raised the target again since people are still sharing the link in new places.

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1 year ago

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Page last updated on: 9/17/2019 08.16

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143

  • Helen Macfarquhar

    Helen Macfarquhar

    Sep 17, 2019

  • Brett Jones

    Brett Jones

    Jun 7, 2019

    Very sorry for your loss. Hope you meet your target soon.Regards,Brett (@TW)

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 6, 2019

    £20.00

  • Emma Osgood

    Emma Osgood

    Mar 10, 2019

  • FIONA DICK

    FIONA DICK

    Dec 28, 2018

    So sad never to have met this lovely lady, but endlessly grateful for her love of Maine Coons. Will treasure Mocha as the last of the line xxxx

    £20.00

  • Gavin O'Brien

    Gavin O'Brien

    Sep 4, 2018

    Howard, I am so sorry for your loss and I only just found out. Lindsay was a lovely person. I hope this will help your great charities. Best wishes, Gavin

    £75.00

  • Claire Iredale

    Claire Iredale

    Jul 23, 2018

    Collection by Thames Water friends led by Tres Love

    £167.50

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Howard Durdle

Howard Durdle

Chapel Row, Reading, UK

Proud husband of Lindsay, my most brilliant, beautiful, creative and funny Wifey.

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