Last year my wonderful and courageous brother, Den Hicks, lost his young life to cancer, an awful soul destroying disease. During his last few months he was able to spend time at St Peter's Hospice which provided him with a level of care which was beyond helpful. The nurses were intent on making him as comfortable as possible and although his charm helped, they really did care about trying to ease his pain and make life as best they could for him.
They were also part of a team of people that made it possible for Den to spend his final days at home where he passed away surrounded by his family. The nurses again did everything they could to manage his pain and make him as comfortable as they could.
Not only did the nurses care for Den they also spent time helping us by listening to our unsurmountable grief, providing comforting words during the many tears of anguish and overall just being an extra support system for all involved.
These nurses are nothing less than ANGELS, they are selfless in their work and provide the most amazing support every day.
On Sunday September 15th 2019 I am going to take part in the IRONMAN Wales race. It consists of an ocean swim of 2.4 miles (3.8k) followed by a very hilly bike ride of 112 miles (180k) and then finished with a run of 26.2 miles (42.2k). Ironman events in itself is extremely tough but Wales course is renowned for being one of the toughest Ironman races. YIKES!
This is my first Ironman race and I am extremely nervous and although I have been training for many months, unfortunately this also came with being plagued with injuries so Sunday is going to be very TOUGH! The goal is to finish within the 17 hour time limit.
If my brother can tolerate the most unimaginable pain then I can get through this monster of an event to help raise money for St Peter's Hospice so that another family can be fortunate to be given the level of support and care that Den, his wife, my mum and I all received.
ANY DONATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
St Peter's Hospice is Bristol's ONLY adult hospice caring for local people with life-limiting illnesses. Our commitment is to improve the quality of life of patients while extending care and support to their families and loved ones.All of our care is provided free of charge, but it costs us around £20,000 a day to provide that care. For most of this money we rely on Gifts in Wills, donations, fundraising and our shops.