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Nicholas Leloup

Summer of Summits - North London Hospice

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My story

[p]Many thanks for visiting my page. Two years ago, myself as part of a team of fifteen wonderful fundraisers, spent 4 days arduously trekking across the Moroccan Sahara. It was a challenge in which everyone was able to push their individual limits and in doing so, we raised over £35,000 for the North London Hospice. This summer, I will be taking on an ever tougher endeavour. In June, as a team of three with Joe and Saeid, we will be aiming to trek 62 miles (100km) in under 27 hours in the Brecon Beacons as part of Trekfest 2016. Then in August, myself and 3 mates will be aiming to hit the summit of Mont Blanc - the highest point in Europe at 4810m. Given what this entails, let me explain why I am doing it. [/p][p]The common misconception is that a hospice is a place to go for patients to spend their final days. However, it is much more than this and plays a far more important and wide reaching role – it provides a life, happiness and hope for those who may be struggling to find any, regardless of their prognosis.[/p][p]During her remarkable battle with cancer which stretched over twelve years, my Mum had two stints in the North London Hospice, one in 2009 and then a longer, three week stay in 2011. Being entirely bedbound by that point, the purpose of her stay was to provide the necessary pain relief to control some of the most intense and acute cancerous pain one could experience. This is a major role of the hospice – to provide comfort. To quote one patient, “pain takes away yourself; relief brings you back.” It provides comfort, not just in the medical sense, but with a fantastic team of nurses, doctors and volunteers, it provides the emotional support that makes illness at least a degree more bearable. But the Hospice’s role extends further still. Unlike the vast majority of patients, she had the relative fortune of being able to be transferred home, where she spent the next eight months. The medical community team from the NLH provided the constant invaluable medical care to her and support to the family, which enabled her to remain there. This is so important and it made me appreciate how the services that the Hospice provides extend beyond its walls to a community level, and is why I volunteer there.[/p][p]Having opened in 1984, as the UK’s first purpose built multi-faith hospice with eighteen rooms, the NLH cares for over 1500 patients a year. Including the Day Centre, it requires over £9million in order to provide the wonderful services that it does. Around a quarter of this comes from the government; the rest is from the generosity of the public. I am therefore looking to raise as much money as possible, as ultimately anyone of us may need to rely on the Hospice’s services in the future. A quarter of the amount you donate will also go towards Bowel Cancer Research, to help fund the ground-breaking clinical trials which are continuously pushing the boundaries and getting closer to defeating this disease.[/p][p]I will of course be covering all trip expenses myself, so all of the money raised will make an immediate difference and will not fund flights, food, crampons or energy drinks.[/p][p]Again, many thanks for reading and huge thanks to those who donate. The effects are strikingly visible in a place that provides a light during many people's darkest hour.[/p]

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Supporters

Sep 23, 2016

margaret

Hi Nick, What a wonderful achievement and how proud your mum would have been! Fiona was an amazing person and clearly you and Jenny take after her!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 22, 2016

Toby

Sorry this is overdue... Great cause.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 20, 2016

Jess Walker

Good luck Nick, I am sure your mum would be proud x

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Aug 19, 2016

Sophie Ashbrook

Best of luck Nick!! You'll be amazing and your mum would have been so proud :) Sophie xx

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Aug 19, 2016

Rupert

Awesome work Nick! Catch up soon

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Aug 19, 2016

Callum Thomas

Good luck buddy. She would be incredibly proud. LLAP.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2016

Amelia

Well done! More than just a physical challenge x

£20.00

Jun 13, 2016

Sachio

£17.00 plus £4.25 Gift Aid

Jun 9, 2016

Eda

Well Done Nick !

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Jun 8, 2016

Dave Watkins

well done Nick, top charity and top job!!

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