Vikki Hardwicke, aged 47 years old and mum of two children was fighting fit and preparing to run her first London Marathon. Just four months later in August 2015, Vikki was taken totally by surprise to be diagnosed with breast cancer, the same disease that her mother sadly died from at just thirty seven years of age.
A few months later in October, doctors advised Vikki that due to a family history of the disease major surgery was recommended. Following her diagnosis, Vikki decided to set herself a goal “part of my recovery was to set myself the aim of training for a big race. I decided to undertake the annual Yorkshire Three Peaks race, which would take place six months after my surgery.”
Vikki trains with Rossendale Harriers and feels that her good level of fitness has helped with her recovery. Despite being overwhelmed by tiredness after the operation having a goal motivated her and running over the Rossendale hills gave her some ‘me time’.
Vikki, who is a practice nurse, attended the Rossendale Hospice Day Care on a Wednesday kindly chose to fundraise for us. Vikki says “I am raised money for Rossendale Hospice as a way of saying thank you for the support, care and friendship they have offered me. I have seen first-hand the way in which the service is valued by so many people”.
In April 2016, Vikki successfully completed the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks race and raised the overwhelming sum of £2136 in sponsorship.
Thank you to the cyclists and support team at Haslingden Cricket Club for donating £1000 to the Hospice. In July, a team cycled from the Lords Cricket ground to Haslingden Cricket Club raising an amazing £8000. Thank you to everyone involved!
Our day therapy patients enjoyed another visit from Chase the therapy dog yesterday. He enjoyed lots of cuddles and treats! Here is a picture of Chase leaving and taking a moment to watch all the passers by! Thank you Chase for bringing so much joy and happiness to so many.
If you are in Rawtenstall today why not pop along to Asda and say hello to our wonderful volunteers who will be there between 11am-4pm. They will have lots of Hospice information leaflets and various merchandise!
Listen to the views of some of our patients and hear about what the Hospice needs to provide our services.