Three generations of the same family will be taking part in a mountain trek to raise funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care who cared for their wife, mother and grandmother Mandy Childs.
The Childs family, aged from eight months to 60 years, will set off for their challenge to conquer Schmittenhoe mountain in Salzberg on May 23. They are hoping to raise £1,000 for Rennie Grove which cared for Mandy who died in June 2014, four years after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). She was 58.
The group, who have named themselves Team Smileage as Mandy was always smiling, will be undertaking a gruelling 17.5km, six hour hike to the mountain’s summit on 26 or 27 May depending on the weather.
Tony Childs, Mandy’s husband, who lives in Great Missenden, said: “Mandy fought MND with courage and dignity for four years before passing away. She never gave up and always smiled, even through the worst symptoms.
“Even with Mandy’s strength and the support of our whole family, we would have been lost without Rennie Grove Hospice Care and the MND Association. These two fabulous charities enabled Mandy to stay at home, where she wanted to be, throughout her illness, ensuring she received the best care and had the highest quality of life possible.
“Team Smileage want to give something back - we would like to raise £2,000, which will be split equally between the two charities to help them continue their wonderful work.
“Rennie Grove Hospice Care are wonderfully committed people who are gentle, caring and offer great insight, empathy and understanding. Mandy’s condition was complex they dealt with all aspects of her care to make her life as comfortable as possible. In the last days and weeks Rennie Grove Hospice Care came to the house frequently to help and support not only Mandy but the family as a whole.
“Mandy was able to stay at home until the end, where she wanted to be safe, secure and as comfortable as possible in the heart of the family.”
All costs associated with the trip will be paid in full by the family and 100% of the donations will go to the charities.
“We walk in tribute to and in loving memory of Mandy Childs, a wonderful wife, mum and grandmother,” added Tony.
The full team consists of Tony, the couple’s three sons, James, David and Stephen along with their partners and Mandy’s four grandchildren, Olivia, eight months, Max, seven, Nieve, four and Monty, four. The older children will take part in a shorter mini trek route of 3.5km while Olivia will be carried up the mountain!
On reaching the summit, where Team Smileage will be planting a tribute flag, they will be joined by Tony’s parents Tony and Doreen who will be taking a cable car to the top.
The Schmittenhoe mountain stands at an impressive 2000m above sea level and at its summit sits the highest panoramic platform in the Salzburg province.
To sponsor Team Smileage please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/MandyChilds