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Anita Holender

Cycle Europe 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][i]This summer I am cycling through Europe to raise money to buy essential equipment for Polish hospices, and to deliver this equipment to the terminally ill patients and their families who need it.[/i][/p][p]It has been 10 years since my grandmother Alina died, and 10 years since the Alina Foundation was set up in her memory. The Foundation was set up to give something back to Polish hospice care, which was such a help to my grandmother and our family in the last months of her life, and which continues to provide the same essential support to countless families across the country, often in spite of limited funds and facilities.[/p][p]The words 'palliative care' and 'terminal illness' often evoke feelings of despair and desperation, but having seen good palliative care from many aspects - through its impact on my family, on patients and their families that I have met through Cycle Poland, and throughout my medical training - has really highlighted its importance, and what a positive experience it can be.[/p][p]At a difficult time for families, good palliative care ensures that their loved one is comfortable and cared for, and allows them to spend time focusing on quality time together. This cannot happen without basic equipment, like anti-bed sore mattresses, oxygen concentrators and adapted furniture, but the limited funds available to many Polish hospices mean that they have to make do with what they have, or limit the care that they can provide.[/p][p]Every donation to the Alina Foundation goes directly towards equipment bought for Polish hospices, and each piece of equipment, from a small pulse oximeter to a patient hoist, will make a big impact on the lives of terminally ill patients and their families in their final months, weeks, days and hours.[/p][p]Each pedal stroke through the hills and mountains of Eastern Europe will be a challenge, but it is one I am looking forward to because of the people we will meet along the way, the incredible care that we will see in each hospice we visit, and the awareness we raise that palliative care is not something to shy away from, but a warm and caring environment essential to living, and dying, well.[/p][p]This challenge, however, would be nothing without your help, and I hope you will support me and help the Alina Foundation to support Polish hospices. [/p]

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Cycle Europe 2019

Cycle Europe 2019

30 Jun 2019


Jul 15, 2019

Wakley Family

Really good effort from you all - sorry to have never managed to join you guys!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 14, 2019

Mary and Harry

Amazing effort - so impressed, you're a machine!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 7, 2019


Hey, hope you're enjoying the ride, looks like some nice places.

Jul 4, 2019

Charlie Softley

You go girl! 😁


Jun 30, 2019

Krystyna Smolinski


Jun 30, 2019



Jun 29, 2019



Jun 27, 2019

Anna Karpinski

Congrats on becoming a doctor Anita! You always were a clever clogs!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 29, 2019

Ellie Darlington

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid