Christine is a friend of Hospice at Home West Cumbria and she decided to get involved in the 2.6 Challenge by challenging herself to do 260 miles on an exercise bike over a 4 day period.
We got to know her last year and she has supported us in a number of ways, including the Buttermere Horseshoe Challenge, donations in lieu of Christmas cards and now this challenge.
She said, “My beautiful Mum Joan was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in May 2016. She underwent intensive treatment and fought the disease with such huge dignity and courage but she sadly passed away on 10th February 2017, aged just 66. Not only was she our amazing Wife, Mum and Nan, but she was my best friend, my role model, my rock. Losing the most important person in my life was devastating and I struggled to come to terms with the loss.”
“I was referred to the family and bereavement services offered by the charity. They suggested that I take part in group support sessions. The thought of opening up and sharing with a group of strangers the most painful event in my life was terrifying. Hearing and talking about the loss and heartbreak was hard, but I was surrounded by a wonderful group of people who understood the loss and every single emotion I had experienced. Every single member of the group had a positive impact on my life”
“3 years on from losing Mum, there are still tough days and I think of her all the time, but the love, support and guidance given by Hospice at Home West Cumbria has helped me to cope with the loss. The charity helped me through the darkest of days and for that, I will be eternally grateful. My way of trying to get involved is by fundraising wherever I can.”
“In September, my beloved 4 legged friend Mac and I walked the Buttermere Horseshoe, raising over £1800 for Hospice. It is my way of trying to give a little bit back to the amazing people who helped me to rebuild my life and cherish the memories of my darling Mum. Thank you Hospice.”
Poor Christine broke her left wrist on the 18th March whilst out walking. She said ‘The cast is now off & I have a splint on just until the strength builds up a bit more. So sitting on a very flimsy bike saddle didn’t do the wrist any harm!”
“I had my 4 legged companion (Mac) keeping me company. He was very unimpressed & would much rather I had taken on a 26 mile walk’
Thank you Christine, we are so grateful for your support and it’s great to hear that the support from Hospice at Home West Cumbria had such a great impact.
To support Christine, visit her fundraising page HERE