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[p] On 13th June I will be heading out to the Alps with my friend Nick Goble – our aim will be to summit Mont Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe at 4810m / 15,781ft. This is a considerable and serious challenge which we have been planning and training for since last summer. We will be climbing as a team of three with a highly experienced guide, with our progress monitored and controlled by a base camp station in Chamonix. A successful summit will require near perfect weather on the day, as well as for climbers to be in a good physical and mental state – there is thus a chance we may not be able to achieve our goal and may have to change our plans. [/p][p] It has always been a dream of mine to take on a challenge like this - but it is also an opportunity to raise funds in the name of some friends who have faced far greater challenges which they met with great courage and bravery, with sadly less fortunate outcomes. For this reason I am seeking to raise funds for two charities, St Wilfrids Hospice in the name of family friend Claudio Cavallari, and for the Bobby Moore Fund in the name of Richard Garrett, an old school friend. Please make a donation which will be split equally between these two charities, and will ultimately be recorded against Claudio’s Tribute Fund and Richard’s ‘Challenge 51’ fund. I would point out that all of the funds raised will go to the charities. The costs for the expedition, the kit and the training, which are considerable, have all been borne by myself. [/p][p][b]St Wilfrids Hospice – Claudio Cavallari[/b][/p][p] If you live in Eastbourne, St Wilfrids is at the heart of the community, we all know it, drive past it and probably all share a sense of foreboding given its purpose. I have always been amazed that such a modern and ‘state of the art’ facility is funded purely by charitable donations. Its wonderful caring staff are able to conjure light where we would imagine there is only dark. To hear Claudio’s family praise the amazing care they all received at this time bought relief, and my support is by way of a massive thank you to them.[/p][p] 'Claudio lived his life full of laughter and fun building wonderful memories, St Wilfrids Hospice in Eastbourne enabled this to continue whilst Claudio was being cared for , not only for him but his family too. The support, comfort, empathy & love from the staff has meant that we continue to laugh and build new memories just as he would have wanted. As a family we often pop for a coffee at the hospice where we feel so peaceful - I have joined the hospice community choir which gives me a good excuse to go the St Wilfs every week. Good Luck Paul!! Xx’ [/p][p]- Christina Cavallari[/p][p][b]Bobby Moore Fund – Cancer Relief - Richard Garrett – Challenge 51 [/b][/p][p] ‘From his diagnosis with bowel cancer in 2009, and throughout his illness, my brave husband Rich always resisted extra support. I suppose this was typical of a man who loved nothing more than helping others - being the person needing help was anathema to him. So he got involved with the Bobby Moore Fund and worked closely with Stephanie Moore on numerous fundraising initiatives - helping others, rather than himself.[/p][p] ‘Challenge 51' grew from Richard's wish for us to fundraise for the organisations that had so supported him and we came up with the idea of raising £51,000 in 51 different ways, the total ultimately being split between his chosen charities, namely The Bobby Moore Fund, The Research and Education Fund at Bedford Hospital's Primrose Unit and the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger’ [/p][p]- Emma Garrett[/p][p]I have picked the Bobby Moore Fund from Richard’s three charities. Bobby Moore was also just 51 years old when he died. Shortly after his death in 1993, Bobby’s widow Stephanie Moore MBE set up the Bobby Moore Fund in partnership with Cancer Research UK to fund pioneering bowel cancer research.[/p][p]Please donate to these amazing charities which aim to fight and ease the effects of cancer, an unwelcome visitor, which seems to be always on the doorstep of someone we know.[/p][p]Paul Goodenough May 2019[/p][p] [/p]