As most of you will already know, I lost my dad in September 2011. Since then, I have held numerous fundraising events and raised a lot of money for the Hospice.
However, I've made the decision to excel and do something I would never have dreamed of doing. I'm off to the Amazon!
I will be hosting a Charity Ball on 22.04.2017 in memory of my dad; his 5th year anniversary and his birthday! You're all welcome! Champagne Reception, 3 course meal, live entertainment from local and familiar faces and a live auction with some exclusive lots! More information will be posted here!!
Thank you for donating! You could have just made the difference between life and death!
Why have you chosen to support Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw?
Eden Valley Hospice holds a special place in my families heart. In 2010 my dad was diagnosed with Cancer. At school, I found it quite difficult to come to terms with; knowing that time wasn't on our side and that I would eventually loose my dad. The hospice provided me with fully trained councillors who were of huge benefit to my young self. However, it didn't stop there, my dad was admitted on several occasions for restbite care. He would often describe it as "A 5* Hotel" Beautiful home cooked food, no menu, Exactly what he wanted... The staff were brilliant and got to know us personally. No task was ever too big or too small. It was evident that the staff were carers, real carers, and by that I mean that they were dedicated to provide beyond expected. In my dad's final days, the hospice provided us with accommodation so that we could spend that special quality time remaining with him. On 20th September 2011, he lost his fight. Even after his death, the hospice provided ongoing support... They invited my mam to the Sunflower Group; for carers which provided counselling, arts and crafts and other hobbies/interests. It was the fact of knowing she wasn't alone that allowed her to carry on with her head high, being the proud mother she is! They also supported us in ways we could never repay, that was being a friend. People often associate the hospice with death and cancer, but it's more than that. It's a home from home for those who need it most. And if you're ever in that position to experience the passion, drive and care that all staff have, embrace it, because they're gold.
Why have you chosen to take part in the overseas challenge?
I wanted to do something different and challenging, something I would never have dreamed to do. Although walking in 30+ degree heat for miles and miles will be testing, this is nothing in comparison to those faced with their battles when in need of palliative care.
What are you most looking forward to about the overseas challenge?
I'm looking forward to it all, I know that i'll gain massive life skills and experiences from it. I hope that I will come to realise that although things we're faced with may appear difficult, they are easily achievable. I'm most looking forward to raising funds and awareness to help the hospice continue providing superior care... I hope to raise over £10k which could be the difference between life and death.
What are you least looking forward to about the overseas challenge?
Basics... No showers, toilets or beds - but then again, i'd rather give my bed to someone who needs it most.