Thank you for taking the time to read this. I understand how many projects there are out there so I’ll make this as quick as possible.
I’m seeking your help in raising funds for the charity LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice. The Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice is a specialist centre providing skilled nursing and medical care, supported by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers, in an environment that recognises the particular needs of patients and their families. It provides expertise in controlling pain and other distressing symptoms as well as offering emotional, spiritual and social care, which allows patients to live as normal a life as possible. Working with the whole family enables both the patient and the family to cope with the changing situation so that they are able to make best use of the limited time together available to them.
My mum was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2012 and passed away not long after in December 2012, just days before Christmas. She was only 48 years old and so her life was cut short far too early. She fought as much as she could however the cancer was just too aggressive and there was absolutely nothing which could have been done by the time she was diagnosed.
My mum was a wonderful person, loved and respected by many. You only had to meet her to know that she truly was one of Earth’s Angels. She was a school cook but yet hundreds of people attended her funeral. When she was diagnosed she was scared and afraid but she put on a brave face and carried on. That’s what she did.
During her fight she was offered immense support from LOROS. LOROS are a charity who provides hospice care for patients within Leicestershire & Rutland. I have never experienced such care and attention as to what was provided by this Hospice. They treated my mum like a person rather than a patient. Nothing was too much trouble. During her last few weeks my mum barely ate but every now and again she would get a craving. Whilst staying at LOROS she told the staff she just fancied a piece of Shropshire blue cheese, very specific. Within 15 minutes they had been to the shops, bought the cheese, and returned with a platter of Shropshire blue, crackers and grapes. It was the first time I had seen her smile in a while. You would not get this level of compassion anywhere else.
My mum made me promise that if I’m able to fundraise she would like me to do so for LOROS as they rely entirely on donations. They receive no other funding. I’m ready to fulfil that promise.
I have set up the DRM Foundation (www.drmfoundation.co.uk) in memory of my mum and will spend 2014 fundraising for LOROS. I want to give something back and raise awareness of an amazing cause which does not receive the money or recognition it deserves. I have decided not to complete 1, 2, or even 3 events for LOROS but instead endure 10 challenges from January to October. I’m going to find it tough and have been putting a lot of work in to get myself physically ready for them. This is going to be that little bit harder for me as I suffer from a heart condition, as well as recently being diagnosed with the auto-immune condition Myasthenia Gravis. Exercising with these conditions is an achievement in itself and so completing 10 challenges will be a real success story. My mum always said “don’t let things get in your way”, and I’m taking that advice and pushing myself to the limit.
Over the course of 2014 I will be completing the following:
January Rutland Water 23 Mile CycleFebruary 10k Avalanche RunMarch 5k Shakespeare RunApril Desford TriathalonMay Leicester to Skegness 95 Mile CycleJune Nucleus Half MarathonJuly Three Peaks ChallengeAugust 21 Mile SwimathonSeptember 10k Equinox RunOctober Leicester Marathon
In November, my husband and I will host a black tie charity dinner to celebrate the successes of the year, raise additional funds at the dinner through table sales, raffles, and auctions. Most importantly, we will be able to present LOROS with a well-deserved cheque.
So, how can you help? I’m looking for sponsorship in order to reach that all important target. I also want to raise awareness of such an amazing Hospice at the same time.
If you are able to offer any support or would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact me, any time day or night. Thank you again for taking the time to read this.