Helena and Katherine's mountainous challenge in memory of Mum Caroline
10 peaks, 11 hours and four very sore legs later, best friends Helena and Katherine completed a 40 mile run into and over Northumberland’s Cheviot Hills and neighbouring peaks in memory of Helena's mum, Caroline who was cared for at St Oswald's Hospice.
In memory of her mother, Helena Sordy, 31 from Alnham took on a mountainous challenge for St Oswald’s
Living on her husband’s family farm in the foothills of the Cheviots, Helena only had to look out the window for inspiration for her fundraising challenge.
We spoke to Helena to find out more:
“On Sunday 18th October 2009 my mum, Caroline Dickinson, lost her fight to cancer. She spent her last few days at St Oswald’s Hospice which will always hold such a special place in my heart. I can’t put into words how much I miss her, nothing can fully explain the feeling I feel every day without her
“From the day of diagnosis in May 2008, my mum never gave up. We never heard her complain, feel sorry for herself, or moan. Her strength, determination, and faith never wavered. Through it all she remained a strong, supportive and wonderful mummy to all us 5 lunatic children. After months of bouncing from hospital to hospital she was discharged home to Alnwick. It was once home, she decided to spend her remaining days in the care of the team at St Oswald’s hospice.
“I can’t fully explain the wonderful support they provided, from the incredible health care, endless cups of tea, cake, hugs, manicures, entertainers (Northumbrian pipers), an amazing chaplaincy team, and herding the endless visitors.
“Because of all these wonderful memories I always wanted to do something in memory of my mum, and her ten year anniversary seemed the right time to take on a challenge. I have so much time, admiration and emotional attachment to St Oswald’s.
“To raise money I wanted something that would be both a physical and mental challenge, so this route definitely ticked all and more boxes! I was nervous for the first five minutes but then weirdly absolutely loved it. There was no pressure, no competition, and no time cut-off. Just me, Katherine and our legs! I couldn’t have done it without her she is an absolute hero, physically and mentally strong, providing so much encouragement and support.
“With bags packed and head torches, on we set out at 6am. After 40 miles run, 83000 steps, 11 hours of continuous moving and over 4500ft ascended we completed this incredible challenge for an amazing cause that will never be forgotten. We’re over the moon after raising over £5800 for St Oswald’s Hospice, far more than our £500 target.”
Karen Maclennan, Community Fundraiser at St Oswald’s said:
“Helena and Kathryn have achieved something incredible together.. Raising over £5800 is outstanding and the girls should be so proud of themselves. Thank you so much from everyone here at the hospice for taking on such a mammoth challenge. We really appreciate everything you have done and will make sure that their hard work and effort make a difference to the people we care for, just like Helena’s beloved mum.”
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