Pair aim high in charity challenge

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‘Dream big and dare to fail’ is a well-used phrase, but for two of our incredible supporters failing isn’t an option as they embark on a challenge of a lifetime in a bid to raise thousands for our Hospice.

Sue Bell and Diana Gilbertson are making final preparations before they set off on a trek to Nepal (11-22 November) which will take them to altitudes of 3,400 metres.  Their epic adventure will culminate in two days of volunteering at a Hospice in Kathmandu.

Diana, who works on the family farm and helps in the family timber haulage business, is taking on the challenge in memory of her mum Gillian who sadly died in November 2013 at home surrounded by her family.   Gillian received nursing care from us.

She said: “When mum was ill and was told she only had a short time left to live she knew she didn’t want to die in hospital. She really wanted to come home and be among family and friends in familiar surroundings.

“She still needed specialist care though, but the fact that we are so rural made it hard to find the right support.  It was the hospital that put us in touch with the Hospice.  I had never heard of them before that but I’m so glad we found out about its services.  Within weeks of the initial referral the wonderful hospice nurses were providing overnight support whilst we got some much needed rest.  They were extremely supportive, compassionate and professional, and it was only because of their help that we were able to fulfil Mum’s wish to die at home.  Their support made it easier for us all.

“When I heard about the Nepal Trek I knew it would be fantastic way to do something in mum’s memory.  It was beyond my wildest dreams that I would take part in something like this.   I can’t pretend it will be easy as I’ve never done anything like this before, and I’ll need to train hard.  The most important thing though, is that it will enable me to give something back to the Hospice.  Being able to raise funds which allow other families to benefit from this amazing care will mean so much to me.”

For Sue, taking part in a trek had always had been on her ‘Life List’ of things to achieve and when she heard about the opportunity to go to Nepal she knew she had to go. “Tynedale Hospice at Home is a local charity that’s close to my heart.  I am aware from personal experience how much it helps with terminal illness and supporting people experiencing bereavement.   This trek captured my imagination as it’s a great way to achieve a personal goal but also it will enable me to give something back to my community.”

We can’t thank Sue and Diana enough for taking on this amazing challenge.

Good luck from us all at Tyndale Hospice at Home!