Anyone who knew my husband David probably knew him as "Chelsea" Dave for his love of chelsea football club, my David did love his football. Also many of his friends from his youth knew him as Oscar, though not alotta people know that!David was most definitely a people person, he would talk to anybody, young and old, rich or poor. If he was your friend he would stand by you through thick and thin! as long as you treated him with the same respect he showed you, he was a friend for life.
I feel privileged to have been his wife and to carry his name is an honor. David was such a special person, he had such a great sense of humour, and was so generous and kind and would do anything for the people he loved. So now I want to do this in his memory to raise as much as I can for The Throat Cancer Foundation.(reg. charity number SCO43439 AND IT'S A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION)Dave was a real character he was a very loyal person not only to myself and his 4 step-children, but also his family. His father two brothers, sister-in-law 4 nephews and his niece, they ment the world to him and he was very proud of them all. Also his good friends who stood by him in his last months you know who you are, especially his good mate Rasher (Darren Whiteley) who took the time to come to visit him, you will never know how much that ment to him, thank you.
Now I will tell you a little about myself my name is Catherine Andrea Driscoll, although my mum wanted to call me Cate, I had 5 elder sisters who were determined to call me Andrea so that stuck to this day my poor mum didn't have a chance, mores the pity as I much prefer the name Cate. I thought that I should mention this as its a little confusing for you I'm sure!!Since losing David on the 26th August 2012, it has left me feeling anxious, depressed and totally lost in myself. I find it difficult to do daily tasks, there are days I don't want to face the world, because of this I have been on benefits of £111 every 2 weeks out of this I have to pay £20 rent and general bills like gas and electric. (hence the reason I've been sponsored by the kindness of the people mentioned below) I hope to get some form of spiritual healing from this, to try to bring some form of meaning back into my life. I will be walking my camino on a budget of £45 a week which is about 5to6 euro a day. which is a extremely hard task.
After watching the movie "The Way" staring Martin Sheen it totally inspired me to do this as its something I totally feel I can benefit from. Also it is an opportunity for me to raise money for The Throat Cancer Foundation UK. This charity not only helps people with throat cancer but also their family and anyone else who is affected by this awful form of cancer.I will arrive in St Jean Pead de Port in Southern France, on 21nd of May, where I will pick up Camino passport, this will be stamped along the way. On the 22nd of May I will then begin my Camino, to walk the path of St James to Santiago de Compostela. I will go to mass in the cathedral of St James to celebrate my safe arrival. After spending a few days in Santiago, I will then make my way to Fisterra and then Muxia, at the ocean. Pilgrims in the middle ages believed this was the end of the world. After this I shall either make my way back home to London or maybe Ireland to have a good rest.
I would also like to thank the many people from the Camino de Santiago forum who provided me with my walking boots and lots of the equipment I can't do without, and my Camino would not be possible without you all.I would like to say a BIG thank you to people of Herne Hill who have contributed towards my return air fare, travel expenses, backpack, waking sandals, first aid kit also a few small things like a headlamp sewing kit ect.!!(although I'm not there yet)) though it won't tile too long with your generous support! THANK YOU SO , SO MUCH, MY CAMINO WOULDN'T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HELP ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE DONATED ALREADY XX
I would like to add that I understand I have to make sacrifices myself, hence the reason I sold my tumble dryer with which brought my flight and passport.I would be so greatful if you could sponsor me as much as you can afford although I would be so greatful for any donation no matter how small, as it all adds up for this worthwhile charity. I know it will help a lot of people who were in our position, I know we could of benefited from this charity, which was not up and running when David was alive.
Please be generous I am sure if you knew David you will definitely want to sponsor me in his memory.I look forward to my Camino and hope and pray I will get some form of spiritual healing from this.
Thanx once more for your sponsorship. Please share this page with your friends and family to help me raise as much for this charity as possible.
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God bless, peace and love Andrea xx