Friends leap for hospices
A GROUP of 15 friends have taken the plunge by signing up to the Kentish Express zip wire challenge to raise funds for the Pilgrims Hospices.
The women, who all have connections with Littlestone lifeboat station, have been drawn together to take on the challenge by one remarkable woman – their friend Pet Matthews.
Mrs Matthews, 45, has bowel cancer which has spread to her sacrum, a bone in her back, and has spent two weeks in the Pilgrims Hospice, Ashford, where she has been resting after a bout of radiotherapy.
Mrs Matthews, of Leonard Road, Greatstone, said the hospice’s care has made her illness more bearable.
She said: “Before I went into the hospice I couldn’t sit down because of the pain and I couldn’t eat or sleep, but now my pain relief has been sorted out I can get around and enjoy talking to my friends again.”
Mrs Matthews’ friends are the wives or partners of the crew of Littlestone lifeboat station, where her husband Simon is also a volunteer.
Team leader Denise Edwards, 41, said: “I’m terrified of heights but I’m just going to get up there, shut my eyes, scream loudly and go for it!”
Folkestone Racecourse zip wire takes place on Sunday, March 22. It is being sponsored by Bouverie Place shopping centre and Wilmoths Citroen,
Participants need to raise a minimum of £75 in sponsorship; 70 per cent of funds will go to Pilgrims Hospices and 30 per cent to children’s road safety charity Kent Walking Bus.
To apply for your place visit www.kentishexpress.co.uk
Women from Littlestone who will be taking part in Kentish Express zip wire challenge
Pet and Simon Matthews