Why do you take part in Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s challenges? It’s fun? It’s different? It’s a test of fitness? Whilst many of you may take part for the enjoyment and excitement factor a physical exertion challenge can bring, many people - like Louise Carey - have a story behind why they have decided to get involved.
Louise Carey, from Aston Clinton, is taking part in Rennie Grove’s newest event, Colour Blast: The Scramble on Sunday 25 September at Penn Estate near Amersham. She will run alongside her seven-year-old son, Hayden, in the 1km family-friendly colour run with three colour stations, where they’ll be blasted with non-toxic, corn starch based powder paint before crossing the finish line. Mother and son are running in memory of mother and grandmother, Cheryl Bath, who sadly lost her battle with Pancreatic Cancer in October 2015. Louise says:
“Mum was a caring person and was loved by all, especially children. She was always so proud of her four children and idolised her 10 grandchildren, taking immense pride in watching them grow and develop. She helped out at the local school with reading and making things for the displays and assembly plays. She was also involved in the Brownies, Red Cross and St John’s badges and when she wasn’t doing all of that, you could find her with a knitting needle or cross stitch in her hands.” Louise’s mum was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in May 2015 aged 68. It was then that they were introduced to the Rennie Grove nurses, who offer hands-on and specialist nursing care in patients’ homes.
Louise continues: “They would visit once a week or sometimes more if we needed them. They would chat to mum about anything, advising her on things that might help make her more comfortable, managing her symptoms so she could stay at home and helping her make memories in the precious time she had left. The Rennie Grove nurses were also there for the family, answering any questions or worries we might have had and made sure we were all at ease. Nothing was too much trouble, even when I called at 3am needing help with mum.” As part of Rennie Grove’s services, the charity provides family bereavement counselling to help those cope with the loss of a loved one. Louise explains how this service helped her son, Hayden.
“My seven year old was not coping too well with the loss of Nanny, so they provided support for him, giving him positive ways in which he could remember her. This is why Hayden and I have decided that we would like to give something back to the nurses and Family Support team at Rennie Grove to say thank-you for all their help.”
Louise and Hayden are hoping to raise over £100 for Rennie Grove by taking part in Colour Blast: The Scramble. Join them or take on the 5km assault course with more than 20 obstacles and five colour stations. Sing up now at: www.renniegrove.org/colourblast