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Maxine Dentith


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My story

[p]My Dad died from a brain tumour in 2008 and my Mum never got over losing him. We went through some very tough times trying our best to look after him and he passed away in our family home with us all by his side. 2 years later Mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer. We were completely devastated and couldn't believe this was happening again.[/p][p]After a few years of successful but gruelling treatment and being given the all clear on numerous occasions we ended up in A&E being told the cancer was back and had spread pretty much everywhere. The thing I remember most about being told she only had a few weeks to live was how calm she was about it, she just wanted to be with Dad again. After that she went downhill so quickly, she'd given up any fight she had left and wanted the pain to stop. [/p][p]We had no time to prepare and the prospect of trying to care for her on our own and make her comfortable was so scary. Just a week after we were told the cancer was back she was in A&E again and my sister and I were being told to say our goodbyes. We spent the worst night of our lives on a ward in K&C hospital thinking our Mum was going to pass away at any point, being told different things by different doctors who didn’t seem to know anything about palliative care. It was a horrific and frightening experience and it will haunt me forever. [/p][p]The next morning an amazing breast cancer care nurse came to our rescue and managed to get us moved to Pilgrims Hospice. The second we stepped through the doors my sister and I burst into tears with relief, sadness, happiness, you name it, we felt it. Every single person we saw at Pilgrims Hospice made us feel welcomed, supported and looked after. Often as a carer you can feel selfish for wanting someone to look after you for a change, but at the hospice they understood that you were going through a scary, emotional time and just wanted a hug from your Mum and for her to make it all better. My daughter was 1 by then and they welcomed her to the hospice too, not minding when she was racing up and down the corridor in a plastic car and being loud. Mum was made comfortable and we knew she was being well looked after. She was only there for 4 days before she passed away, but I can’t thank Pilgrims Hospice enough for providing us with a friendly, warm and happy environment in what was such a sad time.[/p][p]2 years later when I became a Mum for the second time with my son, I really felt the loss of Mum not being there. I suffered from post natal depression and along with help from my family and friends, I found running really helped and gave me time to think and get some headspace. That’s why I am taking on the challenge of running the London Marathon, to raise money for Pilgrims Hospice and to highlight the amazing work they do. Any money you can spare to help me do this would be massively appreciated.[/p][p]Thanks![/p][p][br][/p][p]Pilgrims helps people facing a terminal diagnosis, and their families, to live well in every moment.[/p][p]Their work began 35 years ago, with the vision of one village nurse – now their President Ann Robertson. Ann wanted to make a difference for the people in her community facing terminal illness. [/p][p]Thanks to her devotion, and the help of countless others, today they have over 200 Pilgrims nurses and therapists. Together they support thousands of people in east Kent each year.[/p][p]In 2014 the hospice in Canterbury faced closure but had to abandon plans to close hospice beds because of the strength of public feeling. The planned closure prompted an 18,000-signature petition against the proposal.[/p][p][br][/p]
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May 2, 2019

Mark D and Anna x

Well done Max, great effort! Hope you and family are well x

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May 1, 2019

Josephine Quinlan

Well done Max, an absolutely amazing achievement, xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019


Wow! Huge well done

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May 1, 2019


Well done Maxine!!! You’re amazing. And what a great charity of choice, one close to my heart. Xx

May 1, 2019

Jo Knowles

What an amazing achievement!!! Such an inspiration that you found the courage to take on a marathon to help raise money for such an amazing cause after you have been through so much! Totally in awe!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019

Olly Kirsty Caleb and Rose

You smashed it, mate! All that training and hardwork paid off. So proud of you!! Let me know if you need any more voltarol!! Love you x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019


Well done!! From Andrea xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Helen Dave Florence and Henry x

Well done, what a fantastic amount and a great time x

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Apr 29, 2019

Sally Eady

Maxine you truly are an inspiration. This is for an amazing cause and well done to you for achieving this...you are just brilliant! Xx


Apr 29, 2019

Debra Ivens

Well done Maxine! Amazing. X