Friends walk in memory

01 June 2015

A GROUP of friends have raised funds in memory of a beloved mum by walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

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Seventeen people completed the Three Peaks Challenge and have so far raised over £700 in memory of Ann Lovick neé Brady from Hindley who was cared for by Wigan and Leigh Hospice in 2012.

Her daughter Rudelle Canady, 28, and husband Alex, who work together as Behavioural Support Therapists, were part of the group who took part in the walk.

Rudelle said: "'My friends invited my husband and I to go on the walk. It's not the kind of thing I normally do so it was a bit of a challenge for me.
"I really wanted to give back to Wigan and Leigh Hospice and we thought this walk would provide the perfect opportunity. When we told our friends we were raising money for the Hospice they all joined in.
"My great-uncle was recently in the Hospice and both his experience and my mum's really highlighted how much my family and I really value the care given by the Hospice."

Ann was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and following a mastectomy for the first two years was able to carry on leading her normal life as a foster mum to three children and mum to Rudelle and her sister Nicole.

However in 2010 she took a turn for the worse and eventually spent her final month in the Hospice's Inpatient Unit in 2012 where she died aged 45.

'In 2010 she was in remission but she went for a check-up and found out that the cancer had spread," said Rudelle. "She knew then that it was terminal and her health declined."

"Three years on and we are still so grateful that the Hospice was able to take her in when she needed it the most. Within hours my mum went from a level of pain which meant that we couldn't even hold her hand to a calm and relaxed state and not long after, due to the quality of care and pain control, she was almost herself again. This meant that we could enjoy her last weeks with her and see her smile again. It was bitter sweet, but the best scenario in a bad situation.
"Looking back the care that the Hospice gave was really life-changing."

Rudelle, who was born in Wigan but now lives in Preston, completed the Three Peaks on April 17th in nine and a half hours alongside her husband who encouraged her throughout. The group began at Pen-y-Ghent which was followed by Whernside and finally Ingleborough.

"I felt relieved after I did it - with each peak you think it's the worst one but then you get to the next and it's even worse!" said Rudelle.

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