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Father and Daughter stride out at Kiltwalk for Hospice

 

Lisa Dyer her dad Gordon are taking part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk on 28th April to raise funds for Ardgowan Hospice.

 

Lisa explains: “Ardgowan Hospice has a special place in our hearts. My Uncle Robert spent the last two weeks of his life there, being cared for by a team of wonderful nurses who should be very proud of the work they do. Our family will forever be indebted to them.”

“To show our gratitude, we would like to raise money for the Hospice, so other families can continue to benefit from the outstanding work they do.”

Lisa and Gordon, age 53, are taking part in The Big Stroll and at 15 miles it is a challenge, particularly for Gordon as he has a plastic left knee and arthritis in his right.  He is determined to complete the challenge. He said:

“I know it’s going to be difficult but nothing I will feel on the day and after will come close to the pain my brother, Robert, went through when he was struggling with stomach cancer.

“My sister-in-law and I stayed in the family room at the Hospice at the end of Robert’s life. We were always around and we had a great rapport with the nurses. It was a homely place and we had some special times at the end. It made it better for us all knowing that Robert got the best care in such a friendly and uplifting place.”

Lisa, age 19, is studying Graphic Design and has very happy memories of her Uncle. She was particularly impressed with his art – he painted as a hobby. So much so that when he died she had a tattoo inspired by one of his paintings. He is literally always there on her shoulder.

The Glasgow Kiltwalk is a fantastic event and last year over 10,000 walkers took part and and raised money for charities across Scotland. This year Ardgowan is offering participants places for free and every penny they raise will help the hospice continue its vital work. All participants have to do is agree to raise a minimum sponsorship and Ardgowan will fund a place.

Elaine McNeil, Fundraising Officer, is delighted that so Lisa and Gordon have signed up. She says:

“The Kiltwalk is an incredible fundraising event for the hospice as the Hunter Foundation will top up all fundraising by 40%, so for each £100 raised by walkers the hospice will receive £140.

“The event is open to all ages, stages and levels of fitness. You can do anything from 23 miles to The Wee Wander at 6 miles. You can take your kids, dogs and enjoy the amazing atmosphere and entertainment organised by the Kiltwalk.”

If you would like to take part in any of the Kiltwalks please contact fundraising on fundraising@ardhosp.co.uk or send us a message on Facebook @ardgowanhospice or call us on 01475 726830.

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