In December 2018 cancer claimed yet another victim - our beloved Stephie, Jed's sister, Andy's wife and Ali's sister in law. She was too young to go, but there was no avoiding her fate. During the two years she lived with her terminal diagnosis, she was a beacon of courage, positivity and love. At the end, which was mercifully quick, she surrendered with the same dignity she had always shown in her life.
When the oncologists could do no more for Stephie and referred her to the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher, Surrey, for end of life care, we were struck by how routine the referral seemed. It was as though the hospice was just another part of the NHS. Yet hospices are not part of the NHS at all. They do receive some NHS funding for the work they do, but in general it's only about 25% of their income. The other 75% they have to raise themselves. Fundraisers like this London to Paris cycle ride are one of the ways they do it.
The ride involves cycling 300 miles over four days, so it's quite a challenge. We arrive in Paris the day before the glamour boys of the Tour de France steal our thunder.
The care Princess Alice gave Stephie at the end of her life was quite amazing. We might all need something similar one day, so please give as generously as you can. Andy's goddaughter Aisha, who was close to Stephie as well, is also doing the ride with us. She’s not used to cycling like the three of us so it’s going to be even more of a challenge for her. If you are feeling particularly generous, you could always head over to her page and give her a little push too: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aisha-samuel
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