Hello. We are six good friends who have run around a hockey pitch together for many years. In April 2019 we are stepping off the hockey pitch and picking up our bicycles to raise money for the new Cancer Centre, at Bath’s Royal United Hospital (RUH), part of the Forever Friends Appeal.
As a group of working mothers on the “other” side of 40, we all have our fair share of day-to-day challenges. However, none is as big as the cancer battle one of our six is currently facing. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2016, Sally was treated at the RUH and has nothing but praise for the treatment, care and support she received. Sally successfully fought this disease with the most amazing courage and a great sense of humour. Despite this, it has returned and she once again turns to the RUH to help with the tough road ahead.
One in three people are affected by cancer. Every day, lives are changed forever by this disease, which indiscriminately alters the futures of people everywhere. The RUH are creating what they believe will be the best cancer centre for a district general hospital in the UK. The aim
is to build a new and pioneering Cancer Centre which balances clinical
expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment – that is centred on patient care and experience, reducing stress and anxiety, whilst promoting health and thereby embracing a ‘holistic’ approach for patients and their families. It will be a Cancer Centre where the four strands of Clinical Excellence, a Therapeutic Environment, a Survivorship model of care and proactive Research are welded together to powerful effect, creating a highly beneficial healing environment for patients and their families.
And why have we chosen cycling? None of us are cyclists, with one of us having barely ridden a bike for 25 years. Well, we wanted a challenge, something that we would have to work really hard at. This West to East cycle challenge was something we felt would be tough but one we could achieve. We were inspired by the Four Mums in a Boat, four amazing women who showed that with determination, planning and team work, you really can achieve anything.
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