Mighty Hike

Earlier in the year, we sadly lost Matt's younger brother, James, to cancer.  He was 10 days older than me and left behind his gorgeous wife, Anne and little baby Lars, not quite one year old.

I remember wanting to do something for Matt shortly after he passed, and somehow the Three Peaks Challenge came up.   Without even pausing for thought, James agreed to join the team and we walked, crawled and danced our way up those three peaks back in June 2014.

With James' passing, Macmillan's Mighty Hike  in the Wye Valley was chosen - a 26 mile hike  through the glorious Wye Valley from Monmouth to Chepstow on Saturday 4 August.  Naturally, I fully intended to join the team hiking however, with my diagnosis and resulting waddle, my role changed from participant to supporter and cheer leader.  It was frustrating having to watch the team from the side lines, however the support team had fun, shouting encouragement to "the green people" we saw enroute as we drove around the countryside from rest stop to rest stop.

On Saturday, a team of 6 braved the heat and conquered the 26 miles, still managing to smile as they crossed the finishing line 11 hours something after setting off.  If you'd like to sponsor the team and help Macmillan raise funds, please donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gemandbexhike

How will my fundraising help?

£250 could pay for for five people living with cancer to attend a health and wellbeing event, providing them with the skills to improve the management of these areas in their lives.
£335 could pay for a Macmillan grant that helps a family affected by cancer take a holiday and enjoy precious time together.
£546 could pay for a Macmillan Social Care Worker for a week, helping patients, family members and carers manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.
Every £800 we spend on our phone service could lead to our welfare rights advisors on the Macmillan Support Line helping people living with cancer claim up to £31,480 in benefits they are entitled to.
£1,203 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

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