Friends leap for hos­pices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good -

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

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