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Peak District Mighty Hike

We're hiking 26 miles through the Peak District for Macmillan Cancer Support because they help people through the most difficult times.

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  • Team members: Mike Jeffery
  • Event: Mighty Hike Peak District 2019, 27 Jul 2019
  • Team: The Gobards

Macmillan Cancer Support

We give you the support you need to live life as fully as you can

Charity Registration No. 261017

Story

In October I had the privilege of listening to Dr. Paul Cosford and Michelle Dench speak about their cancer journeys at Macmillan Cancer Support. Their words were inspirational.

Paul and Michelle discussed their diagnoses, and the effects that their cancer journeys have had on themselves, their family, and friends. Hearing how they have navigated some of the most difficult experiences that you can be confronted with was extremely emotive. I simply can’t imagine what it must be like to be put on that path.

But what Paul and Michelle impressed upon me the most was their determination to live the life they want, as fully as they can, and in the spirit of helping others to be able to do the same.

“To life, whilst we have it, let’s enjoy it, with the people we’ve got with us.”— Dr Paul Cosford

Paul’s love of cycling and Michelle’s love of running have been a support and a spur to keep them going on their own paths. But far beyond that, they have undertaken marathons and endurance events to raise awareness and funds so that the very services that have helped to support them will be able to do even more for others.

Their words have stayed with me. So, I am going to take their advice. Cycling and running are not really my thing, but I love hiking. I’ve signed up for the Peak District Mighty Hike, and I have successfully persuaded my Dad to join me on the journey!

Michelle finished her speech with the following words, and I now think of them every day. They will be by mantra whilst I get my old boots out and get training:

“We rise by lifting others." — Michelle Dench

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  • Hopefully it will be warmer than this in the Peak District.
  • Dad's boots ready for breaking in. +3

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