Sally Colcombe will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime, and trekking the Great Wall of China for Cardiff’s local hospice.
This is a personal challenge for Sally, and she shares her story of the exceptional support City Hospice has given to her family:
“My first contact with City Hospice was from a consultant referral. At the time my husband, James and I thought this was the last stage of care – how wrong we were!
James’ cancer had deteriorated beyond routine medication. The specialist doctor team were able to prescribe effective medication to allow him to live with his terminal cancer for many years. The City Hospice team were filled with warm compassion and gave us a feeling of security that we always had a place to go to discuss changes in James health or how the cancer was affecting our lives emotionally. This gave him the opportunity to continue normal family life, being a dad and husband with a career, family holidays and even mountain biking in the Alps.
We had talked about iconic walks to do together once our children had started university. These dreams were shattered when James died. With counselling support from City Hospice I came to terms with losing James. Keeping strong enough to support our two teenage children follow their dreams to go to university. I have learnt to live with grief and progress with my life as a new life. I now feel that I am seeing places we dreamed of for him, carrying him in my heart. I’ll be walking the Great Wall of China in support of City Hospice to promote the support they have given to James and our family.”
To support Sally’s China Trek challenge please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sally-Colcombe
Daisy Magill, City Hospice Fundraising Coordinator said:
“We are very excited at City Hospice that it is just 365 days until our Great Wall of China Trek. I am very pleased that Sally has signed up to this challenge. As Sally has said it was always something her and James wanted to do. It will be James’ birthday while we are trekking next year. It’s lovely to able to give Sally a special way to remember him.
We have had a lot of interest for this bespoke trip. We have already started to plan our training and fundraising ideas. It will be such a positive way to celebrate the work of City Hospice”.