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.
Join our first virtual quiz on Sunday 12th April at 8pm to raise money for the Hospice during COVID19. Get yourself a drink, sit back and play from the comfort of your sofa! It costs a mere £3 to enter, the participation fee will enable us to continue to support patients in their own homes during these unprecedented times. To participate click HERE Good luck!
5 Valley schools raised a record amount for Rossendale Hospice in an entrepreneurial challenge.
The event, jointly organised by Rossendale Hospice supported by Baldwins and Alder Grange School, is in its 5th year. The five schools raised a combined total of £7,130.64 in this year’s ‘Youth Enterprise Challenge’.
The contest, launched in October last year, lasted 16 weeks and saw Year 9 & 10 teams from Alder Grange, The Valley Leadership Academy, Whitworth High, Haslingden High and Tor View school, all come up with enterprising initiatives to generate as much income as possible to be donated to the hospice.
Thank you to all the schools who took part and for the hardwork and effort that went into their fundraising.
We are working as normally as possible in what is an unprecedented and ever changing situation, and following government guidelines to keep our patients, volunteers and staff safe. Our Hospice at Home Teams are continuing to provide essential care for patients in their own homes but unfortunately we've had to adapt some of our other service provision.
Our fundraising activities have also been impacted as we've had to cancel many upcoming events which we so rely on. We will be launching a campaign to run over the next 12 weeks, and while we appreciate these are the most difficult times for all, we would be most grateful if you are able to make a donation. More information can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/carryoncaring?success=true
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