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Qamar Abbas

Trek to Agkor Wat Challenge

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]This is the story from my junior doctor days. During my night on call, I was visiting a ward asking the nurses what was needed of me. They asked me for some routine ‘doctory’ jobs. Then suddenly one of them asked me; ‘You know that lady? Her health is deteriorating rapidly. She may be dying tonight, but she is very scared. Can you go and say hello to her?’ I walked in that room. The lady was in bed. She looked symptomatically stable but looked anxious. She was by herself. I sat next to her. I held her hand. I asked her if there anything I could do for her. She was very weak but gathered the strength to ask me, ‘Can you sit next to me? I am really scared.’ I sat next to her and read a book gently, but loudly to her. Time passed, her face became peaceful and her breathing became steady. A while later, she peacefully fell asleep. Later she died.[/p][p]I have been working in Palliative care for about 20 years. I was appointed when the St Clare Hospice In-patient unit had opened its doors in 2000. It has been many years of fulfilment. I had started as a junior doctor, but during all these years, it has been a journey. I became a Consultant and then Medical Director of the hospice. But all this time, I have learnt a lot and am still learning. My best teachers are my patients. They tell me what is most important to them, both during their life and now, when they would be dying. I learn how important symptom management is, but more importantly, I learn that they want their dignity and their peace of mind. They want to be loved, they want their families to be supported, they want respect for their beliefs and cultures, and they want to be looked after by confident expert clinicians, they want honesty, patience, courage, empathy and care.[/p][p]St Clare Hospice is a place where patients are looked after like that. I work with doctors, nurses, allied healthcare professionals, like physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, chaplains, counsellors, social workers and volunteers. We, as a team, support patients to achieve their wishes in their last period of life. That can be at home, visiting our Day Therapy Unit, or in our In-patient unit.[/p][p]St Clare Hospice is a charity organisation. We raise a lot of funds to look after our patients. I am always grateful to our colleagues in Fund-raising team who are doing this on regular basis. This year, I have decided to do my part for it. I am going on a walk! I am going to Cambodia to walk for 5 consecutive days on a challenging trek covering 94 km (58 miles)! [/p][p]My passion for hospice care and St Clare Hospice is very high. I have been at St Clare Hospice for 19 of my 20 years in Palliative care. I am determined for our hospice to be a place of excellence, where patients and their families can feel safe and cared for. Where they feel protected and supported. To help my team do that, I need YOUR HELP. Please consider supporting me to raise money for patients with life-limiting diseases and who need holistic care.[/p][p]I am determined to walk those challenging 58 miles because our patients deserve the care they receive. Can you help me walk that distance?[/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

09 Nov 2019

Supporters

Nov 18, 2019

Helen and Karan Saxena

Great effort, well done!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 18, 2019

Kath Oakley

Well done Qamar, a real achievement x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 17, 2019

Diane Tyne

Well done Qamar (and team)

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 14, 2019

Danielle mathias

Good luck on your journey. Danielle

Nov 14, 2019

Angela

Good luck Qamar! Stay safe

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Nov 13, 2019

Syed Razi Muhammad

All the best.

£30.00

Nov 11, 2019

Anna

Qamar, wishing you well. What an amazing experience for our truly amazing hospice.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 9, 2019

Jill Talbot

Wishing you good luck for your trek.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Nov 8, 2019

Anna Spathis

Have a wonderful walking adventure!

Nov 8, 2019

Anonymous

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid