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Sisters take on 100km challenge for Reading hospice in tribute to their mum and aunt


A household image of sisters Alison Duncan and Eve Bentham

Submitted by Annabelle Rennie

Two sisters are gearing up for a particular charity trek subsequent month in tribute to one other pair of sisters – their mum and aunt – who each handed away from most cancers.

54-year-old Abi Donald and 39-year-old Georgie Cooper, who dwell in North London and Hertfordshire, will likely be taking on the 100km Cotswold Way Challenge (June 26-27) in reminiscence of their mum, Alison Duncan, and her older sister, Eve Bentham.

Setting off from Cirencester, in Gloucestershire, on the morning of Saturday, June 26, the sisters will be part of 1000’s of others on a 53km route via the rolling inexperienced hills of the Cotswolds.

They will camp in a single day on the midway level, earlier than strolling one other marathon distance again to Cirencester the next day. On each days they may stroll for 10-16 hours over diversified terrain, which incorporates 2,750m of elevation.

By taking on the endurance challenge, the sisters hope to elevate important funds for the 2 sister Sue Ryder hospices, which supported Alison and Eve throughout their remaining days.

Sisters Abi Donald and Georgie Cooper

In November 2020, 84-year-old Eve, who lived in Caversham for a few years, acquired skilled and compassionate end-of-life care at house from Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, Berkshire.

Two years beforehand in December 2018, her sister Alison had acquired care from the Hospice at Home crew at Gloucestershire’s Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice earlier than she handed away aged 79.

Abi mentioned: “Sue Ryder is essentially the most wonderful charity which has supported our household with kindness via the hardest of instances. Their care allowed our mum and aunt to be surrounded by household at house in an setting that was protected, comfy, dignified, and full of affection. You don’t know what Sue Ryder does till you want them, and then you do not know what you’d have finished with out them.

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“I’m barely nervous in regards to the challenge as I’ve by no means finished something like this earlier than, nevertheless it’s going to be an important alternative to spend a while with my youthful sister, who I am keen on, taking in the attractive English countryside the place we grew up. Now, greater than ever, charities want our assist and I hope collectively we will elevate sum of money to assist each hospices.”

Alison Edwards, neighborhood fundraising supervisor at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, mentioned: “We’re so grateful to Abi and Georgie for taking on this unbelievable challenge in reminiscence of two very particular ladies in their lives. We stay closely reliant on people fundraising for us and each pound will assist us to proceed to be there when it issues for sufferers and their households.”

Abi and Georgie are hoping to elevate £2,000 which will likely be cut up between Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice and Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

You can assist them in their fundraising challenge right here.

There are nonetheless locations out there for the Cotswold Way Challenge if you want to enroll and pledge to elevate important funds for Sue Ryder.