Shares Sue Ryder Nursing Assistant and medical student Livvi Rowe, from Oxfordshire, as she prepares to scale the highest mountain in Wales and England at night to raise vital funds for the care she helps give.
“Having seen first-hand the difference Sue Ryder’s care can make to individuals and their loved ones at a time there is only once chance to get it right, I really wanted to ensure the charity can keep doing what they are doing,” shares the 23-year-old, who has worked as a Nursing Assistant for Sue Ryder for five years.
“I really wanted to do something to help allow more people to die with dignity, being loved and feeling supported.”
After seeing the ‘Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) by Night’ challenge advertised Livvi knew she had to sign up. “I quite like little adventures and I have never been up any kind of mountain, so it seemed like a great opportunity to have an explore!”
The challenge, which takes place next month, is a ‘step up’ for Livvi, after she raised £430 for the charity earlier this year taking on the Reading Half.
“I really enjoy being outside and running and I try and fit a walk into every day, but it is really nice to have the added drive and motivation to get out and about walking in training for the climb!”
And Livvi is working hard to fit the training in around her busy schedule – currently she is working as a bank nursing assistant at the Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub in South Oxfordshire whilst studying medicine on an accelerated degree programme at Southampton University.
“I knew I wanted to be a doctor quite early in my teens but before I did that, I really wanted to have some time with patients. Palliative care is a great place to do that as you have valuable time with patients, and it really helps you consider lots of aspects of patient care – from the medical to the social and psychological.
“As part of my role I have been able to look at a patient’s whole picture and been part of the truly excellent care Sue Ryder gives, which is a real privilege. It is so rewarding getting to meet different families and supporting them. I really want to raise vital funds to help this care continue.”
Livvi hopes by asking people to donate to her fundraising challenge she will be able to raise vital finds for the charity, who she says has also helped her in her career.
“I would really like to thank the team at the Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire. They have taught me skills and lessons that I will carry with me throughout my career, and they have supported me through my first degree and now through my medical degree too. The team are all wonderful and I want to thank them.”
Joining Livvi to ascend 1,085 feet of Welsh mountain in the depths of the night armed with torches will be her boyfriend, Lewis Crosby, alongside a tour guide and fellow Sue Ryder supporters.
“We are really looking forward to the sunrise and the view from the top, alongside what I am sure will be a great sense of achievement,” Livvi adds.
To donate to Livvi’s fundraising visit https://justgiving.com/fundraising/livandlew
To take on a challenge for Sue Ryder visit sueryder.org/events
For more information on Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire visit sueryder.org/southox
Pictured: Sue Ryder Nurse and medicine student Livvi Rowe is climbing Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) at night to help raise vital funds for the patients and families she knows needs the care of the palliative care charity. Walking with her will be her partner, Lewis Crosby.
About Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire:
Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire operates from Battle Barns in Crowmarsh and provides expert palliative care and support for people who are living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families.