Sadly back in December my Grandad lost his long battle with cancer, he was the absolute centre of our family and even now there is not a day go by where I don't chuckle to myself thinking of one of his sayings or jokes.
My Grandad Joseph (Jo) meant the world to me as he did the rest of our family which is why when he was diagnosed with cancer none of us knew how or what to think, only that we had to enjoy every last minute with him and soak up as many memories as we could.....
Well that was back in 2011 and in true Grandad style he went about his daily life for years to come, whether it was walking his dog Bertie or taking my Nan for a drive to the countryside and not forgetting those alcohol fueled family nights out (best I leave out the stories!)
Unfortunately the cancer had spread and his illness started to progress, this is when he was introduced to the Pilgrims Hospice. I will never forget him telling me he was off for his arts and crafts sessions - Yes with a slight bit of a giggle but he enjoyed it every time!
Grandad continued to visit the hospice for various activity days and events and my Nan also popped along for a pamper session or two.
The Pilgrims Hospices were an amazing support to both my Grandparents with both medical advise and emotional support, the events they hold are a real distraction to those that need it the most.
The care that my Grandad received towards the end and throughout has been exceptional, the 24 hour care meant that he was able to pass away peacefully at home with my Mum, Nan and Auntie by his side.
Our family were offered support in the weeks after his passing and they still check in with my Nan now..
So I feel I owe a huge amount to this amazing charity ( and I still cant believe that it is a charity with all they do!), here is where I need my head tested..
As some of you are aware I started a major fitness journey over a year ago now and have since lost 3 stone, and have started long distance running, so far I have competed in a few events and also Tough Mudder and a Half Marathon .. The challenge is to complete the Brighton Marathon next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The training will be tough and sweet jesus 26 miles is a long way but there will be one person in my head the whole time for company and no doubt a few of his sayings will keep me motivated!
I am hoping to raise £1000 but any more would mean the world to me and would make such a difference to so many people too!!
I will keep you all posted on my progress :)
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