Emma Kindred here, the wonderful Corinne has let me share my story with you via her blog.
My eldest sister, Toni (then 43), was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer back in November 2016. She was given 6 months to live. The news was devastating and as a family we made a decision to get through it together. In the early days of her treatments we would sit and talk about how we could help the people helping Toni out. We knew we couldn't cure her but we could support her and be there for her every step of the way through this horrendous ordeal. My dad and I decided to take on a challenge that would help raise money for the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, Toni's choice of end of life care.
Our childhood was spent in Germany, due to my dad being in the forces. It was an amazing childhood and we all felt that a physical challenge involving Germany would be very fitting. It would be about raising money but also about creating new memories with Toni. We decided to cycle between all 6 of the locations we lived in whilst in Germany. Unfortunately Toni grew too ill too soon for us to complete it as a family. We were due to start the challenge on May 29th 2017, however Toni died on May 25th 2017.
It is a real shame Toni never made the trip, but this gives us even more of a reason to raise as much money as possible, in her name. The hospice gave her the very best in care and we will be forever grateful to them.
We are now taking time out to heal as a family and during this time we will make new arrangements for our cycle ride. At the moment we believe we will be looking to complete it at the end of August. The ride will be approximately 400 Kilometers, spread over 5 days.
We have already raised £10,000 and hope to raise a further £25,000 (more details about this figure on our website). I regularly update our dedicated website - Ride for Toni, so for more details on how much we've raised and where we are on our training please come visit our site.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and thank you Corinne for allowing me to share this.