Team ARHC is full of passionate people. Every member has a great reason for why they took on their challenge. They are all extraordinary in their achievement but, as you'll see, they are not Olympic athletes or seasoned mountaineers. They could be your next door neighbour, they could be a family member, they could be you!
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When you start your fundraising we would love you to visit the hospice and see how your support will help patients, their families and friends.
There is also the opportunity to work out a fundraising plan to see how the team here at Arthur Rank might be able to support you throughout with advice, ideas, contacts and access to our media network. There's also the chance to collect any fundraising equipment you might need like collection tins or banners.
Meet some of Team ARHC and read their stories
Read on to find out a little more of why our team members take on inspiring and challenging events for the hospice and how they felt afterwards.
After David Hartley's Mother-in-law, Tricia Cousins, received end of life care from the hospice in 2016, he decided he wanted to give something back to the charity that had helped him and family through such a difficult time. David signed up to the Yukon Arctic Ultra Challenge, otherwise known as 'The coldest and toughest Ultramarathon on the planet" in Northwest Canada.
Nick Culley, senior managing consultant based at Pure’s Cambridge office, joined more than 26,000 amateur cyclists on Prudential RideLondon - Surrey 100. The closed-road event follows a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races, starting in Queen Elizabeth Park and through Surrey’s country roads, before a spectacular finish on The Mall in central London.
Nick, who lives near Downham Market, said: “It was an extremely tough challenge so I’m really pleased to have made it all the way around. My biggest concern was being able to make it up the hills. Coming from the Fens, I’m not used to cycling over that kind of landscape! The last hill was the worst as this was 95 miles into the ride, but the crowds were fantastic and really spurred everyone on. It was an amazing atmosphere as we cycled through The Mall and across the finish line.”
Nick has completed tough cycle challenges before, including a week-long 500-mile bike ride, but this was the first time he had cycled 100 miles in just one day. He added: “It was a day which I will never forget and, despite still feeling a little stiff, I would love the opportunity to do it again. I will be entering into the ballot to take part in 2017.”
Sign up to the ballot for Prudential RideLondon - Surrey 100 on Sunday 30 July 2017 by clicking here. Arthur Rank Hospice Charity will be taking application for Charity bonded places from January 2017.
Keen knitter and Hospice at Home team member, Chris Barker celebrated her 50th birthday, 25th wedding anniversary and being 5 years post cancer treatment by embarking on a '50 x 5k' yarn bomb challenge.
Chris who works full time for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity as the Administrator for Hospice at Home, came up with the idea last year and floated the idea with the fundraising team in February. She says: “I wanted to do something a little bit different to celebrate these significant anniversaries in my life, whilst raising money for two causes close to my heart. I did a bit of searching on the internet for ideas before coming up with the 50 x 5k Challenge and set myself a target of 75 days to complete 40 5k runs and 10 5k walks. I’ve always wanted to try a bit of yarn bombing so when I saw the ‘Love Your NEW Hospice appeal’ launch it tied in really well. It was very exciting when the first tweet arrived and I did become a little obsessive about checking Twitter for updates!”
Chris began her mission with her first 5k run around Soham on the evening of 18 April, leaving her first knitted yarn bomb heart at Kingfisher Drive with a special hand-crafted tag requesting that the finder tweet where it was discovered. Her quest to spread the word about the Hospice’s new build project saw her do early morning and late evening 5k’s all over the county, taking in landmarks such as Kings College and Cherry Hinton Hall, Lode Mill and Burwell Windmill, Wicken Water Pump and Bottisham Lock.
Chris’ final 5k run took place on 27th June, three days before her birthday, bringing her full circle back once more to the Mill Road Hospice site.
Do you have a unique challenge idea like Chris? Contact us here and sign up for your challenge!
Charles Parish and Joel Waters decided to take to the skies in memory of Charles' Auntie Sue who passed away in November 2013.
Charles said "Arthur Rank Hospice is close to our hearts due to the overwhelming care they provided for my Auntie Sue. She showed a lot of love to us both and had a very generous and compassionate heart. She spent the last couple of weeks in Arthur Rank Hospice and we would not have wanted her anywhere else, the care and support they gave to her was immense!
"The skydive was one of the best experiences of our lives, there's nothing that can describe falling to earth at 120mph! What made it even better was that we were doing it to support Arthur Rank Hospice, who had showed so much love to my Auntie Sue in her last days"
For more information on tandem sky dives click here or call the fundraising office on 01223 723186.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s CEO, Dr Lynn Morgan and IT Project Support Officer, Luke Upshall swapped strategic management and technical support, for trekking boots and caravans of camels when they departed for the Kingdom of Morocco in March 2016. They and six others from #TeamARHC, managed to raise £22,612 for the Hospice when they conquered a gruelling five day, seventy four kilometre trek across the world’s hottest and third largest desert, the Sahara.
Lynn said “One of things that struck me most, was the sheer size and emptiness of the desert and the amazing landscapes. Sometimes the dunes looked really challenging, but the views from the top made the struggle worthwhile. It was great to finish walking in the later afternoon, sit down (no seats of course) and have that first cup of mint tea – better than a glass of wine at the end of a week’s work!”
The intrepid team left Cambridge for Morocco on Thursday 17 March and having traversed the Atlas Mountains, began their long, hot, shower-less, camel-accompanied journey the following day. The team were forced to push on through a sandstorm on the penultimate day due to an incoming and notoriously unpredictable sandstorm, which may have otherwise forced them to stop in their tracks. As a result the team walked a further 4km than had been planned for the trek, yet finished a day earlier!
Why not join #TeamARHC for the Sahara Challenge 2018? Contact the fundraising office by clicking here or calling 01223 723186.
Chris, Ben, Dan, Stuart, Carrie and Lucie completed the Three Peaks Challenge in memory of their friend Rob Gyford, who received care from the hospice in the final stages of his life in early 2016.
Team Leader, Chris Newman said "A few weeks after Rob passed away, we decided we wanted to do something challenging in his honour so decided on the Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours. Each mountain was gruelling in its own way; Ben Nevis seemed never ending, Scafell pike was miles from anywhere, the paths were almost non existent and Snowdon had torrential rain and wind. However the sense of achievement after completing the challenge with just 20 minutes to spare made it all worth it. We could actually return home knowing we had completed it in memory of Rob and we had raised some money for a worthy charity! On top of this we also got to see some of the most amazing views this country has to offer!
Could you complete this challenge in 24 hours? Get in touch to find out more.
In 2014, Alex and Jono's Grandad, Don, was diagnosed with Cancer. In Don's final weeks he was offered a place in the hospice.
Alex said "I thoroughly believe that my Grandad's final few days were fulfilling to both him and his family and that he was cared for perfectly by the hospice staff. Although I'm sure the staff would say that they are only doing their job, to us they were much more than that and when Grandad did pass away, we felt as a whole at peace.
Following my Grandad's passing I took up running as a serious hobby, and following a successful run in the Cambridge Half Marathon in 2015, I decided to join Team ARHC and attempt to repay them in any way possible that I could. I have recently completed another Cambridge Half Marathon and am aiming for both next years Half and the London Marathon.
I will always try my hardest to raise money for such a worthy cause that is so close to our hearts. We will always be indebted to the Hospice for caring so beautifully for my Grandad."
Jono also went on to complete the Madrid Marathon and the Vitality London 10000.
Would you like to run in memory of a loved one? Contact email@example.com and let us know your plans.
Sam Robertson, who lives in Germany, wanted to give something back to the charity when his father was looked after at the hospice in autumn 2016 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. He took part in the Magdeburg Half Marathon in September and then a month later in October, he completed the Magdeburg Marathon in just under 4 hours 2 mins.
Afterwards, Sam said "I would love to thank all of the staff that cared for my Dad (Ian) from the bottom of my heart. Without the care that was provided his life would have been so much harder and for the rest of the family.
I will never forget the effort that was made by so many of the staff and I will always do anything I can to help to support the charity."
Would you like to do something amazing and raise money for the charity at the same time? Get in touch with the fundraising team who would be happy to discuss your challenge with you.
In August 2016, Vince Kirkbride, his brother Stu and uncle Dave began an epic cycling journey from Cambridge to Holy Island just off the Northumberland Coast, in memory of Vince and Stu's mum, Diane. Sadly, after relocating to Cambridge from London in 2015, Diane was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.
She was cared for so very well by the wonderful staff at Arthur Rank Hospice that Vince was moved to do something to raise funds for them in memory of his Mum. If he couldn't take his Mum to Holy Island physically he could at least take her spiritually after she had died. Diane was a keen cyclist so naturally the plan was to cycle the 300+ miles from Cambridge to Holy Island.
Setting off from the Hospice on Mill Road, on Diane's birthday, the trio battled scorching temperatures and even more scorching saddle sore to cover 300 miles to Alnwick in just 4 days with Vince's wife Lorraine travelling close by in the team car for support. The final day took them across 27 miles of Northumbrian Hills before finally walking a couple of miles across the ancient causeway over to Holy Island. The stars must have aligned because the tide meant that they arrived on a beautiful sunny early evening when the Island was free of tourists and perfect for quiet reflection of Diane and for lighting a candle in her memory.
The three keen cyclists raised over £2,000 which will directly benefit our patients and their loved ones.