5 Peak 500.
It is finally time to announce a new adventure challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support to honour my Dad who passed away in May 2012.
It’s been a couple of years since my last challenge due to new family, injury and work commitments and I’m so excited that it’s finally a go 🙂
Once again I am borrowing Dave Cornthwaite’s Ice Trike “Trikey”, this time I’m taking him on a 500 mile road trip round Scotland, also know as the NC500 and to make sure I nail some great views I will get of the trike and tackle 5 big peaks along the way.
Here’s the background story to why I am dedicating my holidays to raise money for a cancer charity.
Back in April 2012 while I was participating in Ulla Lohmann Expedition Photography workshop in South Tirol I got the sad news that my Dad was diagnosed with cancer and naturally I was devastated and worried so I quit the workshop and next morning Basti, Ulla’s husband, drove me to the airport so I could fly to Denmark.
The first prognosis was good and the doctors were positive, that they could get rid of the cancer, but at my visit the following month it became clear he was not coping well with the chemotherapy, Friday 18th May we were told he would probably not survive the weekend and the whole family gathered round the bed at the hospital to bid their farewell and my Mum moved into his hospital room.
The weekend passed without much change and during the following week it became clear that while he was very weak, he also had some fight left in him and was not ready to move on just yet.
At the end of the week it became very clear that his greatest wish was to go home and while that seemed to be an impossible task due to the hospital’s “red tape”, eventually in the evening of the 25th during the night, I helped carry a hospital bed into my parent’s living room and finally Saturday afternoon he came home and again the family was gathered for to visit but this time in his own home.
After a long hard night he was in a bad state but peaceful about being home.
Finally Sunday 27th in the afternoon he bid his farewell and passed on, I was glad his pain was over and that the family was there in those last precious moments.
I will be sharing photos, video and blogs along the way using the hashtag #5peak500 as long as signal allows and I have set up a www.justgivingpage.com/5peak500 and I would appreciate all donations, big and small.
Feel free to share and THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE