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John’s Journey – one step at a time

It never fails to amaze us how inspiring our supporters are, often taking on challenges to help the Hospice at times where they face huge challenges themselves.

John Lambert and his wife Sue were always ones for adventure, lacing up their walking boots and taking on some of the nations famous treks, including the 3 peaks of Yorkshire, Cross Fell and Hadrian’s Wall to name a few. But one walk holds a special place in their hearts, the Pennine Way. A walk which John now strolls alone.

Last year, after a short diagnosis of cancer, Sue sadly passed away.

“I buried my beloved wife three weeks before Christmas, after being diagnosed with cancer myself whilst caring for Sue at home.

“Spending Christmas alone wasn’t something I was used to, or prepared for, and was something I managed to avoid with thanks to the support of the Hospice. After attending their Community Hub and coffee morning I was invited to spend Christmas Day with the Compassionate Neighbours. What would have been a lonely day turned into one of companionship, with drinks, Christmas Lunch, the Queen’s Speech, and a Christmas quiz.

“The Hospice have supported me in many ways, and I wanted to give something back, so I decided to set myself the challenge of completing 268 miles of the Pennine Way to help raise funds.

“I’m going through treatment and try to complete my challenge in manageable chunks of 2 miles at a time, at a slow pace, logging my progress against the Pennines.

“When I was diagnosed, there were days I struggled to get up to help care for Sue. Going walking has made me stronger and this challenge has given me something to focus on.”

Our Head of Events, Richard Harbon, recently met John for one of his walks in Wymondley Woods.

“What is amazing about John is that he has faced all his challenges with a smile and optimism. The 3 hours we spent together was immensely enjoyable. John will complete the walk, reach Kirby Eltham in good time, have a glass of beer to celebrate and raise some fantastic funds for the Hospice. A truly inspirational man.”

To sponsor John, visit his Just Giving page.

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