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Connie’s mother-in-law Doris was cared for on the Inpatient Unit at St Oswald’s Hospice for several weeks during the height of the pandemic, before she passed away in April 2020

The care Doris received inspired the Oldham family to put their fitness to the test with a range of sponsored activities to raise funds for the hospice.

Connie said:

“Doris is the inspiration behind Team Oldham and after she was cared for so beautifully at the St Oswald’s, we wanted to give something back. Her time at the hospice was difficult as Covid restrictions meant that the family were unable to visit her. We knew she was in good hands, but it was so hard not being with her.

“Marisa, one of the hospice social workers, helped us to set up a video call to feel closer to Doris, and when she was very near to the end of her life, we were allowed in to say goodbye. Although a very sad time for us all, we felt blessed to have had that time with her, as we know many other families were unable to. We sat with her and the staff looked after us with endless cuppas, they were just brilliant.”

Connie has raised funds for the hospice in the past through volunteering her time and taking part in our Light up a Life campaign. The family decided to dedicate a whole year to a range of activities show their support, with Connie leading the way.

She added:

“We are quite a fit family and my husband Glen and I like to stay active. We have teamed up with our son Lewis, my brother and sister-in-law Gary and Alison and niece and nephew Katie and Jack and have lots of plans to keep busy throughout the year.

I kicked it off with the Virtual Great North Run in September 2020 and taking on the Virtual London Marathon in October. Just a couple of weeks ago I completed the Ultra Run North, a 34 mile event which was blessed with lovely weather and aim to run over 1000 miles in 2021. We also wanted to do something as a family so Covid restrictions allowing, we plan to complete the Kielder marathon route. I plan to run, the others will walk and Glen and Gary aim to cycle the 55 miles home from Kielder.”

The Oldham’s have been well supported by their family and their friends with almost half of their £2,000 target raised so far. Connie told us that although Doris didn’t share her and Glen’s enthusiasm for running and cycling, she was never in and loved being outdoors.

Connie finished:

“Doris used to always say we were crazy running and cycling, but she was never indoors herself! She was always out and about and walked miles, so getting the family together outside to fundraise in her memory seems a fitting tribute. We want to continue to raise as much as we can to thank the staff who cared for Doris and to help them be there for other families like ours.”

We are so grateful to Connie and her family for supporting us in this way. The team aim to hit their £2,000 fundraising target and have set up their own fundraising page. If you would like to make a donation towards their challenge, please visit their fundraising page by clicking here.

We wish the Oldham’s lots of luck and can’t wait to hear all about their adventures when they make it to Kielder.