Seven people from the team at Havens Hospices have signed up to the ‘Lake District Triple Challenge. Taking place in September, it involves a 12k mountain bike course, 10k hike to the summit of the Old Man Coniston and a 1.5k kayak around Coniston Water in just one day.
By their own admission, the fitness levels of the team are a ‘mixed bag’, so training has started in earnest, with pairs buddying up in line with the outdoor exercise regulations. They are hoping to do group training as soon as restrictions allow. It’s hoped the group can raise at least £3,000 in sponsorship.
The challenge was the idea of Emma Brown. She joined the charity three weeks before the pandemic outbreak as a Transition Support Officer but was redeployed to give frontline hospice care at Fair Havens. The 47-year-old says, “Whilst the last 12 months have been incredibly tough, we really came together as a team and formed strong bonds because we knew our hospice care had to continue. I enjoyed the experience so much, I applied to become a permanent member of staff.
“This challenge is our way of giving back to the hospice and playing our part in contributing towards the fundraising efforts of our local community. It’s with their support that we’ve been able to stay open and provide essential care for those at the end of their lives.”
Dr Grahame Tosh has also agreed to take part to mark his 60th birthday on 2nd April. “I enjoy cycling and have done some kayaking and hill walking, but this is still quite a challenge. Instead of asking for birthday gifts that I probably don’t need, it would be great if people could sponsor us. The money will go back to the work at the hospice, which is a good cause.
“The last year has really resonated with people seeing loved ones die in quite difficult circumstances. The hospice has been working flat out during this period despite fundraising suffering. We’ve had to be inventive, and the team has been fantastic, carrying on the work that we love so I want to see that continue.”
The other team members include Dr Rachael Marchant, Nurse Sue Worley and Nursing Assistants Brad Carlton, Kiera Tippett, Jake Wilkinson and Sarah Goldsby. To sponsor the team visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fairhavens-ipu
Published 26th March 2021