These amazing fundraisers are switching their English Breakfast for Moroccan Mint tea.
In July 2018 my mum entered the martlets after taking quite a bad dip from her 10 month battle with terminal lung cancer. Amazingly she reacted well to medications and improved so much that after 4 weeks we had the support from the hospice to discharge her to a nursing home. However it wasn’t meant to be and just a week before we was hoping to discharge her she decided it was time to go onto her next journey. The martlets hospice was a warm, kind, friendly space for all of us to be with mum in those final weeks. I stayed overnight with mum in her last week and the support I was shown always over whelmed me. I felt completely comfortable being there and emotionally supported. I knew my mum was under the best medical care and being looked after by the most compassionate of people. Not having had any hospice knowledge before I just couldn’t believe this was a charity. I wanted to help give back for the care mum had had.
Sadly 2 Days before mums passing my brother was also diagnosed with MND.
He still remains well within himself though naturally we can see the physical changes. Himself and his family are fully supported by the martlets hospice and Heather his fantastic MND nurse. Heather is located within the hospice and offers all the information needed as well as putting into place key equipment within his home as well as the offering of counselling for him, his wife and young son. He speaks highly of Heather which is just another reminder of the fantastic work the staff do at this amazing place.
I have experienced and my family are experiencing the core care that the hospice provides for all in need within the community and that is why I am passionate about raising as much money as possible for this amazing charity as without them we wouldn’t have the strength and positivity at the hardest times our family has faced and is facing
I read a quote recently that said 'They say you only live once. In fact, you only die once, you live every day.' – and this for me sums it up. I'm doing this challenge for a number of reasons. First and fore-most to support the incredible work that Martlets do – they truly are a fantastic organisation and one close to my heart for many reasons. And secondly how exciting to have such a challenge to aim for. I think it's very easy to take life for granted and go by from day-to-day doing what you do. And this is doing something incredible. Yes, it definitely is a challenge (trekking up to 20km each day in 35º heat, freezing at night!), but one I'm taking on with open arms and an open mind! What an opportunity to do something amazing and raise money for something amazing in the process. Truly humbled.
I have raised money for the Martlets before so when the email came through about trekking 50kms across the Sahara, it struck a chord with me. It seemed do-able yet still a great challenge.
So, I persuaded my daughter, Ella, my friend Shoona and her daughter, Josie, to join me. The Martlets looked after our dear friend, Sally, in such a caring and considerate way at the end of her life that it seemed appropriate to give something back.
I’m also training for the Brighton Half Marathon (again!) as part of our fundraising efforts so anything you can donate would be so appreciated.
I am taking part in the Sahara trek in loving memory of my mum Elaine Westgate. Martlets Hospice cared for my mum during her final days. Their care, kindness and support helped my family throughout this unbearable time.
Please support to help us help other families through these challenging times.
We are raising money for Martlets in memory of our amazing friend Sally O'Brien who, lost her life to cancer in February 2019. Sally received the most incredible support and care during a two week respite stay at Martlets and at the very end of her life.
The reason we've chosen to embark on such a challenging adventure is because Sally would have loved to have done something like this and she'll be with us every step of the way.
I am taking part in the Sahara Trek as my mum spent her final days at the hospice just over 6 years ago and it made a very difficult time much more bearable.
One thing we are certain of, we are all going to die! There are so few places like Martlets and we need more! I am raising funds to help overcome the desperate shortage of places with high standards of care. Death can be extremely challenging, and Martlets have and do provide an incredible service of support and care.
My mum spent her last few weeks in this special place. The warmth and kindness we experienced will always be appreciated with much gratitude. My mum, a nurse, asked us not to have a funeral, but for funds to be given to Martlets, in order to help other families benefit from their care. I hope by doing this trek, I am able to honour my mother’s courage and determination, and in doing so raise funds for a very worthwhile cause
My local hospice, Martlets has offered wonderful support to friends and colleagues as they neared the end of their lives. In memory of these friendships, I’ve committed to raise at least £1400 for the hospice. Just need to get training for the desert trek now!
If you’re able to make a contribution that would be so much appreciated.
We have chosen to take on this challenge in memory of a dear sister and auntie Anna Crofts. Anna fought a terminal battle with cancer and was made as comfortable as possible in her final weeks at Martlets hospice.
Not only did Martlets care for Anna they supported our family a lot.
I’m trekking the Sahara Desert in memory of Elaine, my best friend’s mum and a close family friend who was cared for so brilliantly by Martlets during her final days. The care they provided was exceptional and the support they have continued to provide to Emily and her family is out of this world.
This walk isn’t going to be easy and will be a real test of endurance! Walking across dried-up river beds, sand dunes, and vast sun-baked plains, sleeping out in the open under the stars and daily living in the desert with camels and berbers.
Martlets hospice rely heavily on donations so please donate what you can.