...is it time YOU took up a chal­lenge for hos­pice?

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

TO mark the 30th an­niver­sary of the hos­pice, the fundrais­ing team are work­ing on an un­par­al­leled Chal­lenge Se­ries of 30 ad­ven­tures and events across the year.

Most of the events are still un­der wraps but plans in­clude a London to Paris bike ride, a sky­dive and a fire walk.

Per­haps the most ex­cit­ing plan is for an over­seas chal­lenge for the first time. Full de­tails will be re­vealed soon but it is hoped that the chal­lenge will take place in the Grand Canyon in Ari­zona.

Over the years, hos­pice sup­port­ers have found a way to com­bine their own per­sonal chal­lenges with fundrais­ing in a bid to raise much-needed cash for the Mill­bank Drive fa­cil­ity – from moun­tain­climb­ing to cross-coun­trycy­cling; from run­ning to swim­ming.

And some­one who cer­tainly knows how to take up the chal­lenge for the hos­pice is 25-year-old Lucy Waters who, at the start of the year, com­mit­ted to no less than 12 phys­i­cal chal­lenges – one a month.

Lucy, who had only ever run one 10k race be­fore this year, de­cided to tackle the gru­elling chal­lenges in mem­ory of her par­ents who both died within weeks of each other in 2015. Her mother, Su­san, spent some time in the hos­pice be­fore her death in March 2015 and a few weeks later her fa­ther Nick died sud­denly of a blood clot. Lucy has now com­pleted 11 of her chal­lenges, which in­cluded a very muddy Tough Mud­der in Septem­ber, but with the tough­est one com­ing last month when she com­pleted the Ch­ester Marathon. Other phys­i­cal feats she’s taken on have in­cluded a 10k night run; a half marathon, a one-mile open wa­ter swim; a 65-mile coastal walk, a triathlon and the Three Peaks Chal­lenge.

“I’ll ad­mit it’s been tough do­ing one chal­lenge a month,” she said. “The marathon was cer­tainly one of the tough­est but I was de­ter­mined to carry on and fin­ish de­spite flag­ging around the 18-mile mark.

“This time last year I never dreamt of be­ing able to com­plete a marathon, never mind all the other chal­lenges. But it’s the mo­ti­va­tion of the cause that’s kept me go­ing. When I get tired, I just think about why I’m do­ing this and some­how I find the en­ergy to keep go­ing.”

Last week­end, Lucy was cheered on by her fi­ancé Brett Oliver, as she tack­led the de­mand­ing Com­mando Se­ries in Kent where she faced a 12k course used by the Royal Marines dur­ing their train­ing.

She plans to com­plete her own per­sonal phys­i­cal chal­lenge se­ries with an­other 10k run at Tat­ton Park next month be­fore round­ing off the year with a slightly more laid back fundrais­ing event of a cake sale at her work­place with Cheshire Po­lice.

And with 11 tax­ing chal­lenges un­der her belt, what would her top tips be to any­one think­ing about tak­ing up a per­sonal sport­ing feat? “Set up a train­ing plan and then break it down into do-able chunks – that way it just doesn’t seem so daunt­ing,” she said. “And get your friends in­volved to help spur you on – ei­ther to join you in train­ing or in the chal­lenge it­self.”

Lucy hopes to raise £3,000 for the hos­pice by the end of the year and is al­ready well on tar­get, hav­ing raised more than £2,400 to date via her Just Giv­ing page just­giv­ing. com/fundrais­ing/ fit­ness­chal­lenge2017.

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