I’ve been harking on for the last couple of months about raising money for charity – sorry! But it’s an issue close to my heart.
My lovely cousin, who is doing the 10 adventures in 10 months (yes, he is mad…)has this to say for himself…
10 years ago I lost my sister to cystic fibrosis.
In her memory, I want to honour her by doing something which is inclusive of the whole family. I want the whole family to participate in some manner if that be logistics, competing or planning.
10 events was decided upon as I wanted this to stand above something I, or any of my family members has ever done before; when specifically trying to honour Melissa’s memory. Some of Melissa’s key characteristics included strength, determination and a phenomenal desire to push everything to the limit; never taking no for an answer, and never giving up or complaining.
We didn’t want the year to sinply pass as another anniversary without her, instead we wanted to act on it by doing something very different.
Raising money for charity is one of the primary objectives; cystic fibrosis and the firefighters charity will be the two beneficaries of my efforts. Cystic fibrosis as a big thank you for the 19 years of support, help and guidance, which we couldn’t have done without.
Following recent injury, the firefighters charity provided essential physio and rehabilitation, which without this, I would not have use of my left arm!
As Melissa’s immediate family, we feel that the grieving process is over. We want to look back at the times we had with her. The whole family have been somewhat isolated since she died; the purpose of the 10 events is to bond the family, and let the conversation of Melissa no longer be ‘taboo’.
He has set up a proper page for donations here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=alexs-adventures
I am so excited to see what this year brings. Alex is right, the clouds are lifting and it is time for us all, as a family to celebrate that life of the most beautiful and amazing young lady and set our greiving aside.
My sister completeing her triathalon last year in honour of Melissa said when she finished the race that she could hear Milly in her ear during the hardest moments. Laughing at her and yelling: ‘move your behind!!!!’ or something similar…
Whenever life does get hard and troubles rise, she is the person I remember and imagine encouraging me.
I’m a bit nervous about next weekend if I’m honest. I’ll be accommpanying Alex on the 19th with my Aunt and his Fiance on horseback while he walks. I don’t get to ride very often and I’m by no means an outstanding horsepersonage. But Daisy, the beastie (she really is a lovely beasty) I’ll be riding was Melissa’s miracle pony, rescued as a foal. Daisy was left to Alex and I feel very privilaged to be able to ride out onto the South Downs for the miles that we’ll be doing. I’m sure I’ll turn the experiance into something creative when I return.
Loves Fibi x