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From Scotland with love...

Lynn Ashforth, a Newcastle native living in Scotland, has recently taken on the Hadrian’s Wall trek as part of her 60th birthday celebrations. Along with her daughter Helen, the pair chose to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice.

“My daughter Helen and I chose to support St Oswald’s as we have strong family connections to Hospice and it is such a fantastic place. I grew up in nearby Wideopen, and can remember the early days of the hospice. My parents, Harry and Doreen Foster became regular volunteers during the 80s and 90s, going once a week to work in the kitchen and serve food and beverages to both patients and visitors. They both loved working there and it was only creeping old age that made them give it up.

“Then, in January 2018, I saw first-hand the fantastic work that you all do when my Dad was admitted to the hospice in the final stages of pancreatic cancer. Dad had been in considerable pain and was quite distressed, but I saw the immediate relief on his face as soon as we arrived. Not only did you care for my Dad but the staff extended their care to the family as well with offers of cuppas, a place to stay and most importantly an ear to listen. It meant that Dad’s final days were peaceful and pain free - we could not ask for more.

“I have always had a wish to complete the Hadrian’s Wall Trek and decided that it would be a good idea to do it as part of my 60th birthday celebrations. It made sense to choose a worthwhile charity and raise funds for it at the same time. Up to date, we have raised just over £400 but hoping that it may increase.

“It was a fantastic experience, made even better by excellent weather. Amazing scenery, brilliant history but the best part was meeting other walkers and also being joined by friends along the way, either to walk with us or partake in food and one or two drinks at the end of the day. The legs were sore and tired each day (so many stiles to climb as well as the miles!) and several herds of cattle to manoeuvre round (they are large and scary!) but I would do it again. I recommend it to anyone who loves walking and would like a challenge.”

If you are interested in following in Lynn’s footsteps, contact us at fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org or visit our get involved page here. You could be the next one trekking along Hadrian’s Wall, or even something further afield, get in touch to find out more.