This April, Ray Petre will be taking to the skies along with granddaughter, Erin and Mother, Jodie to raise vital funds for City Hospice and celebrate the life of loved one, Annie.
Ray Petre and wife Annie moved to Cardiff in 2001 from Yorkshire where they welcomed thousands of people into their home over the years for rest and restoration.
Ray told us,
“Sadly in 2019, Annie was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. After extraordinary care from Velindre, Annie was declared completely cancer free in 2020. Annie received such wonderful care from Breast Centre Llandough she then decided to get into training to walk the Wales Costal Path to raise month for them.
Towards the end of the year, Annie sadly realised her cancer was back and had spread aggressively. However, undeterred and with the help of her daughter, Max, Annie continued her challenge and raised an incredible £10,000 which was split between both charities. The challenge saw many people join in and contribute.
Unfortunately, the cancer didn’t respond to any treatment which is when Annie was referred to City Hospice. I cannot thank City Hospice enough for their care and support. They were all amazing, especially our palliative care nurse Julie. We felt so cared for and supported, both during Annie’s illness and afterwards. The service City Hospice provides, mainly from charitable donations is phenomenal.
As I was unable to do much of the walking during Annie’s Welsh Coastal Path, I’ve looked for other ways to help by volunteering. As it’s my 80th birthday year, and never been very adventurous, I thought I’d give skydiving a try. My 16 year old granddaughter Erin will be joining me alongside her mum, Jodie. Nothing I can do can ever repay the care I’ve received from City Hospice. However, I hope jumping from the skies to celebrate the life of a wonderful lady who was loved by so many can help that extra bit”.
Fundraising Coordinator, Katie Vaughn said:
“Ray, Erin & Jodie will be taking the ‘jump’ on the same day as me in aid of City Hospice on Sunday 2nd April! It has been so lovely to work with Ray and to hear all about Annie and the amazing amount of money they have already raised for City Hospice. Good luck to Ray, Erin & Jodie in taking to the skies!”.
If you would like to support Ray’s Skydive head over to his JustGiving page here