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Stephen Hardwidge

Everest for Julie

Steve & Gary are trekking to Everest base camp for Cure Leukaemia because we really value the charity's great support

67 %
raised of £2,000 target
by 25 supporters

Cure Leukaemia

We fund a network of expert research nurses to help save leukaemia patients' lives

Charity Registration No. 1100154



My Sister Julie

I had just arrived back from a lovely holiday in Florida and I was feeling
pretty tired after the flight and the journey home from the airport.

As I turned the corner onto my drive I noticed a few more
cars than expected and for some reason I had a knot form in my stomach.

My first thought was my dog that had not been well and I knew
was close to a one way ticket to the vets which I was dreading!

My Son Jason welcomed me back home but soon it was apparent
that there was something seriously wrong.

After being asked to sit down with my wife the news was
broken to me

“It’s Julie she is hospital “ what ?  And she has been diagnosed with Leukaemia !

This was over 3 years ago and in this time I have seen my
sister reduced to a shell, lose her hair and a lot of her modesty whilst having her various treatments, no person deserves to go through this !

This is a road that as a family we are still on with her and she is fighting with the help of an amazing medical team at the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and the dedicated staff on the Haematology/Oncology wards.

Without the charity Cure Leukaemia a lot of what is known and learned about this horrible disease would not have been discovered and many of today’s survivors may not have been so lucky.

Please help us and raise as much as we can in support of
this great charity and give a fighting chance to many others.

I am trekking to Everest Base Camp in March 2020 with a good
friend of mine Gary, all of the monies raised will go to Cure Leukaemia and by giving a little back we may be helping this fantastic team support others on their long road to recovery.

Thank you.




Welcome to our Just giving page.  For anyone taking time to read this I would like to give some background on who we are and what we are doing. I (Gary) met Steve in 1981 at a karate club in Burntwood, Staffordshire. We became friends instantly whilst training and eventually both did a parachute jump in Lincolnshire (adrenaline rush!!). We lost touch for a few years, (with each of us having our families). Then a few years later when I was checking out a karate club in Lichfield was surprised to see it was Steve's club ! He told me that he was also doing paragliding (still needing that adrenaline rush). Fast forward to 2014 when Steve asked if I'd care to join him on a walk for the top of Killimanjaro !!.....(I still haven't forgiven him). We raised some money for Macmillan Nurses as both of us has had family and/or friends affected by or sadly lost to Cancer. In the years since then, constantly re-living that amazing walk up Killimanjaro, through the rain and the snow,  I recall saying to Steve "never again, unless it's somewhere warm". Well here we are in 2018 with me being talked into having another charity walk in 2020 but this time it's Everest Base Camp !! Steve chose to ignore my earlier request for somewhere warm......why we are putting our ageing bodies through this again beggars belief, but we are hoping that we can make it worthwhile by raising some money for charity again. So which one ? There are hundreds of charities out there that require funds that are equally deserving of our help, but this time we had no hesitation in choosing....Unfortunately, Steve's lovely Sister Julie, a very strong, very brave lady is currently dealing with Leukemia.  We have chosen Cure Leukemia to raise the money for. As we are self funding our trip 100% of the money we raise will go to Cure Leukemia. So we would like to raise as much as we can in the time from now  and up to the trek in March 2020 for Cure Leukemia and dedicate the trek to all who have been affected by this nasty disease.

Please give what you can afford, however small or large and think of the 2 old farts freezing their socks off at 17,600 feet in the Himalayas !


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