In May 2018, Dave Cooper and his wife, were blown away by the care and support their family received when his mother in law, Sally May-Foulgar, spent her last few months at the Hospice.
Dave says "The hospice itself felt like a home away from home, when taking our very young daughter to visit the fact that it was a bright, upbeat and happy place made such a difference and despite the tragic and difficult circumstances that we were visiting in, we retain pictures and memories of our daughter visiting Sally and smiling and laughing, memories we will be able to share with her when she is older. The family room became a godsend for us.
The dedication and care of the staff was second to none and they treated Sally with love and dignity throughout as well as providing a smile, nice word, or shoulder to cry on. I don't think any of our family would have managed without their amazing support."
After Sally passed away, Dave was inspired and wanted to give something back to the Hospice so decided to sign up to sprint triathlon only a few months later and fundraise as much as he could.
Tipping the scales at 19 and a half stone and not feeling very fit, Dave knew it was a tough road ahead. "Training was very difficult but with dedication and the memory of Sally, along with the reminder that this could help others who will be in our position I got through, I even started to enjoy it!
In August 2018, I crossed the finished line at the AJ Bell London Triathalon, a very emotional moment for us all. I finished 2 stone lighter, and most importantly I was able to raise just over £1000 for Arthur Rank which is a cause, I realised during fundraising, that is so close to so many peoples hearts.
Keep up the good work and I can promise I'll be committing some crazy new challenge soon to help."
Get in touch with the hospice and find out how you could give something back by taking part in a challenge.