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[p]It is hard to believe that on 12th July 2020 it will be ten years since Alice died. I wanted to do something positive to mark the occasion - and cannot bring myself to run another marathon, so when I saw the Race To The Stones virtual ultra which is 100 kilometres and can be done over 7 days I thought this would be a good challenge for me.[/p][p]I thought I would try and raise some much needed funds for two small charities while doing this challenge. Lots of people are struggling financially at the moment and charities are being hit really hard with fundraising down by 95%.[/p][p]For those of you that don't know my reason for fundraising already here goes...[/p][p]In January 2010, after a year of trips to the GP, my little sister Alice (age 35) was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer. She was told that with chemotherapy she could possibly live for 2 years. Unfortunately this was not the case and Alice died in the early hours of 12th July 2010, with me lying next to her holding her hand.[/p][p]Alice spent a few nights at the Rainbow Rooms at Newbury hospital, where I could stay with her overnight. These rooms are funded by Newbury Cancer Care Trust. What Alice really wanted to do was go home to my parents house - with equipment supplied by NCCT and nurses from Marie Curie this was made possible and Alice spent her last few days surrounded by her family.[/p][p]We will be eternally grateful to NCCT for the help and support that they gave our family during and after Alice's illness.[/p][p]They also supported us during my Dad's diagnosis and treatment for Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, which thankfully he is now in remission from.[/p][p]NCCT are a small and independent charity, founded in 1984 to help local people who have been diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. They offer practical help and information to patients and their families living in West Berkshire, and are the parent charity for the Rainbow Rooms and the Charles Clore Day Hospice at the West Berkshire Community Hospital.[/p][p]They work closely with Clinical Nurse Specialists, medical professionals and the Day Hospice to help improve the support offered from the point of diagnosis, for as long as they are needed.[/p][p]Daisy's Dream are another Berkshire based charity supporting children and young people who are facing, or have experienced, the death of someone close.[/p][p]For me as an adult to deal with my sister dying was hard enough, but the day we had to tell our 2 young daughters that their beloved Auntie was going to die was absolutely heart breaking.[/p][p]Your job as a parent is to protect your children from hurt as much as you possibly can so to have to sit them down and tell them something which you know is going to shatter their illusions that everything is rosy in the world goes against everything you've ever done .[/p][p]Daisy's Dream were there to support us and our children as well as my sister and her children.[/p][p]Each year Daisy's Dream support hundreds of families with a service that is tailored to meet the individual needs of each child. This can range from over the phone advice for parents, carers and professionals to 1:1 home and/or school visits for the child, as well as therapeutic group events.[/p][p]All of Daisy's Dream's services are provided to families completely free of charge and they do not receive any statutory funding for their work.[/p][p]Their work is invaluable to those that they support and I am hoping to raise as much money as I can to support them. Donating through this page is quick, easy and secure.[/p][p]I am not under any pressure to raise a certain amount of money, but would like to raise as much as I possibly can to enable both charities to help other local families that are going through what we did.[/p][p]I am so grateful for all donations - large or small - every pound will help another patient and their family.[/p][p]Please share this link with friends and family on social media to help me reach my target! Thank you![/p][p][br][/p]