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In memory of Andy Pring

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[p]On 8th June 2019 I will be starting a 2 day challenge to complete 100km along the Jurassic coast. [/p][p]This date is very significant as it was the date that Andy had his blood transfusion which marked the start of his downhill turn for the worse. What better way to spend that anniversary, than to raise as much money as I possibly can for two worthwhile charities in his memory. [/p][p]My first charity is Sarcoma uk. This charity not only help research into this type of cancer, which needs some much needed research into the many different rare forms. They also provide support for sufferers and people affected by this aggressive disease. 1st July this year I lost my true soul mate Andy, at the age of 47yrs old, to an extremely aggressive angiosarcoma with the addition of multiple lung metastasis. He was truly amazing & the strongest person I’ve ever known in his fight against this cruel, rare form of the disease. The way in which he dealt with his illness, treatment & ultimately his death was truly admirable & inspirational. No words can describe how special he was. He never let his illness control him, dictate his life, how he led it or interacted with people.....even up until the last, he was going to do it HIS way & not follow any pattern or expectations. I will never for get that cheeky grin with a twinkle in his eye. I am doing this for him. His pride & stubbornness kept him going right up until his last day. He was an avid speedway fan, making the trips to as many meetings as he could; whether that was SGP or local league speedway watching the Somerset Rebels. He was astounded when his idol Tai Woffinden sent personal flowers to us, along with a mass of merchandise in what was to be his final week of life. For this I will always be truly grateful as I’ve never seen him look so chuffed; his idol knowing he exsisted. (I will be attempting to continue his speedway following in his memory). He managed to continue to work full time (& overtime) throughout everything, including all 3 different lots of chemotherapy & his lung collapsing 4 times this year. He worked right up to 3 weeks before he lost his battle. Even then, once being discharged from hospital into palliative care at home, he managed to clear out his lorry cab & walk around our local shopping centre. In those latter days of his life he struggled to walk very far, but I’m sure he will be right by my side all the way during this challenge, keeping me going until the finish line.[/p][p]These “rare” types, as they are portrayed to us, appear not to be [i]so[/i] rare; 2nd July 2018 a press release stated that 15 people A DAY in the uk are diagnosed with sarcoma (most commonly affecting the under 50’s), the survival rates are unfortunately not favorable. It is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose as it can appear anywhere in the body. I pledge to do as much as I can, to do what I can, to aid the ability to rid this evil disease from destroying further young lives. [/p][p]My second charity is WAY (widowed and young). This charity offers a unique peer-to-peer support network to anyone whose partner died when they were young. They know that talking to and socialising with others who have been through a similar experience can be an enormous help when you are trying to rebuild your life after bereavement. They have been a tremendous support recently. It makes a huge difference talking to people that “get it”. So many similarities run through the lives of these lovely but bereaved people. Had I not been told about this charity by a lovely doctor from St. Peter’s hospice, I wouldn’t have known anything about it. By fundraising for them I hope to give back a small piece of the support shown by them & their members (none of whom ever dreamt or wanted to fulfill the requirements of joining the group); in doing so, I hope to raise their profile & make them known to others who could use the same kind of support that I have found by joining.[/p][p]I have completely self funded my trip, so all monies raised will be split equally & go directly to these two charities. If you’d rather pass the money on via me I will make sure it gets added to any of the funds raised online. [/p][p]I thank you very much for your support & kind sponsorship.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Clare xxxx[/p]
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Sep 3, 2019

Clare Pring

Money raised offline, thank you all xxx

£553.22

Sep 2, 2019

Sue Horton

Sending lots of love x x

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Jul 12, 2019

Malcolm bell

Best of luck . X

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Jun 30, 2019

Candy Schofield

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Jun 23, 2019

Zoe Chivers

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Jun 13, 2019

Melanie

always admire your strength you're a lovely person

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Jun 12, 2019

Ruth Avery

Well done Clare - be proud of yourself for such an amazing achievement and positive way to remember Andy xx

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Jun 12, 2019

Anonymous

GREAT EFFORT. YOUR A TRUE WARRIOR

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Jun 10, 2019

Michelle

Well done Claire, amazing achievement!

Jun 10, 2019

Sara Force

Well done Clare! Fantastic achievement xx

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