Over the last decade I have had three close family members and my best friend diagnosed with breast cancer, thank the Lord that they have all now been clear of the dreaded disease for 5 years now.
I/they are the lucky ones. While I know that I am very fortunate to have never had to have any contact with the hospice, this could have been a very different story.
I am fully aware of the great work the hospice do and how much they are needed and I can think of no better reason why I want to raise funds for this charity. They provide specialist palliative care for patients suffering from life limiting illnesses.
Believe it or not in my younger days I was always athletic; however, once I hit 40 I just seemed to stop doing anything. I didn’t notice this happening and I don’t know why it happened either, but it did. I became a couch potato; I went to work, came home and watched TV until bedtime. On a weekend it has been known for me not to go over the doorstep; I gained more weight than I care to mention; I became lazy and sluggish, my health was starting to be affected. I had to change and fast!
Then out of the blue in November I received a corporate email (which I actual read for a change), “Last chance to sign up for the Kilimanjaro Charity Trek to raise funds for Barnsley Hospice.”
Q: Hey wait a minute, why haven’t I heard about this before?
A: You haven’t been reading your corporate mail
This was just the inspiration I needed, kill all birds with one stone. I so needed something to focus on, I need to get fit, lose some weight and stop smoking whilst raising funds for an excellent charity. My prayers had been answered.
I contacted Ken Eastwood immediately and the rest is history.
Progress so far? Well, I’ve stopped smoking, joined the gym and my fund-raising is starting to take off.