In 2011 my mother, Gillian was diagnosed with dementia and cancer, which was terminal, within quick succession. This diagnosis led to my mother visiting the day centre at Sam Beare Hospice where she became affectionately known as the “dancing lady”.
In December 2012 she was admitted to hospital and we were informed that she only had 24 hours to live. Whilst in the hospital it became apparent that my Mother needed more specialist care, this was an incredibly stressful time for myself and my father and was clearly not the best situation for my mother.
The following day a nurse from Macmillan was at the hospital she had seen my Mother at the day centre and was able to assist us in transferring her to the hospice.
Once we had arrived at the hospice the change in atmosphere had an immediate effect on our stress levels and a calmness seemed to take effect on myself and my Father but more importantly also my Mother, sadly 6 hours after her admittance to the hospice she passed away.
Although only at the hospice for a short time the support she and my family received before her death and after has been invaluable. The care and compassion shown to us by all the staff at the hospice was truly remarkable. The hospice helped my mother pass with dignity and the support my father received and still receives has helped him put his life back together.
In 2013 I suffered a nasty break to my foot which stopped me from playing any sport so my friends challenged me to take part in the Prudential Ride London 100 as a way of getting my fitness back through cycling. Once I received my place I was inspired to take the opportunity to raise money for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
I have now completed the Prudential Ride London twice and in September 2019 I will be taking on the challenge of cycling from Lands’ End to John O Groats, which is 1000 miles over 9 days, to raise money for this fantastic hospice.
I feel very privileged to be able to raise money for this amazing charity and be able to give a little bit back and I hope I can raise lots more money for the hospice in the future.