Well – HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!!!!

My cycling challenge for this year – 2012 – is the CELTIC CHALLENGE.

To donate visit :- https://stcolumbas.workwithus.org/Fundraising/Donate.aspx?page=7102

Date: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 to Sunday, 27 May 2012
Information on the The Celtic Challenge

To raise money for the St. Columbas Hospice in Edinburgh, I will be cycling from Edinburgh’s St Columba’s Hospice to the Isle of Iona and will cover in excess of 200 miles over some of Scotland’s toughest terrain. This will for example include cycling up the side of Loch Lomond and up over the beautifully named A83 road “The rest and be thankful” which is in such hilly terrain that it often suffers from road closures due to landslides.

We will depart from the Hospice grounds in Edinburgh on my birthday, 23rd May, and cycle via Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Crainlarich, Oban, Isle of Mull and on to Iona.

About the Hospice

Since opening its doors in 1977 as a 15-bed Georgian building over looking the Firth of Forth the Hospice has helped many thousands of families and loved ones through the final stages of life.

The redevelopment project at the hospice will modernise the facilities and increase the numbers of in-patients they can cater for. They will also be able to provide more services at the day hospice and out-patients hospice. For fuller information regarding the redevelopment project please visit the hospice website: www.stcolumbashospice.org.uk

All this does come at a cost. The estimated cost for the redevelopment project is around £26 million, £7 million of which will be raised by fundraising. Many families in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas will have probably known someone or someone’s family who have been to the hospice. It costs around £3 million per year for the Hospice to operate and the are heavily reliant on voluntary funding due to limited Government support available.

What St Columba’s means for me

Christmas day of 2003 was a life changing time. This was the day that my brother-in-law George Watson sadly passed away from an aggressive cancer.  He had gone from being diagnosed with a chest infection in August to being told he had 6 months to live in mid November 2003. This in itself was devestating. Things progressed far more quickly however, and within 4 weeks of finding out he had cancer, George had a stroke from which he was never going to recover from and was taken to St Columba’s Hospice. Here he was looked after by specialist doctors and nurses who were able to make his last days as comfortable as possible and provide him with the care, attention and dignity he deserved.

It is crucial for the hospice to receive donations and money from fundraising. If you can, please sponsor me to cycle over 200 miles across the heart of Scotland to the island of Iona. Andrew Watson , my nephew and Georges son, will also be cycling the route in memory of George.

We need your support

You can support St Columba’s Hospice by sponsoring me online here or if you wish to sponsor by post please email me at ezpc.campbell@gmail.com

Any contribution you make will make an enormous difference to St Columba’s and the patients and families who come to the hospice.

To donate visit :- https://stcolumbas.workwithus.org/Fundraising/Donate.aspx?page=7102

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