Patient’s husband plans 14 challenges in six months to raise money for hospice

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A supporter of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice whose wife is being cared for by the charity is planning to take on 14 intrepid sporting challenges in just six months to raise money for them.

From April to September Steve Radcliffe will complete three cycling sportives, five 10k runs, four triathlons and two swimming races, culminating in a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. All of the challenges are sponsored events, and Steve is hoping to raise as much money as he can for the hospice.

“In 2016, my beautiful wife Janey was diagnosed with breast cancer” he says. “She went through treatment, but in 2017 we were told that the cancer was back and this time it was incurable. My incredible wife is still fighting, but we know we don’t have much time left. Janey has now been referred to Phyllis Tuckwell to help manage her symptoms, and they will be with us now until she leaves us.”

“Those of you who know the hospice will already be aware of the incredible work they do looking after people with terminal illness” he added. “This isn’t just end of life treatment; it starts a long time before then.”

Samantha West, Community Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell, praised Steve for his pledge to raise funds. “We would like to thank Steve for taking on this incredible number of challenges to raise money to help fund our care” she said.

“As the NHS/Government only covers 20 per cent of our costs, we have to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to offer all our services, which we give free of charge to our patients and their families. Every penny that Steve raises will help us, and we are very grateful for his support.”

To follow Steve’s fundraising journey visit his Facebook page