Published on: Wednesday 21 Jun 2017 at 13:08
A son, whose mother passed away at St Clare Hospice less than a year ago, will be tackling the Three Peaks Challenge in her memory and in aid of St Clare Hospice.
Matthew Warwick (aged 24 years from Harlow) will be aiming to climb the UK’s three highest peaks in under 24 hours on Friday 14 July.
Matthew was inspired to take on the challenge for St Clare Hospice after the care he and his family received. Matthew’s mother, Kay Warwick, was admitted to St Clare Hospice for care on our inpatient unit in June 2016 and sadly passed away on 8 July 2016 aged just 60 years.
Reflecting on the care his mother and their whole family received at the hospice, Matthew said:
“St Clare was such a lovely place for me and all the family to come and be with my mum during our last moments together. They gave us an environment where we could come and stay as long as we liked. We all invaded her room for 2 weeks – all 10 of us – and we’d have dinners in the conservatory and even sleep there. Everyone that we met was excellent. The unconditional care and support that they offered my mum was also offered to the rest of our family too, which is what makes St Clare stand out.”
Commenting on his decision to take on the fundraising trek, Matthew said:
“My mum, my family and I have all had such great support from St Clare – I really feel like I want to give something back. That’s why I decided to do the Three Peaks Challenge for St Clare. I went on my first hike 4 years ago and caught the bug for it – I absolutely loved it! When the opportunity came up to take on the Three Peaks Challenge, I knew it was the perfect way to raise awareness of St Clare, and show people how the care isn’t just for patients, but for their families as well.”
“It’s a massive challenge for me personally, too, as you have to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Mount Snowdon in Wales – in a total of just 24 hours! I’ve always wanted to do this challenge, and to be able to raise money for somewhere that’s really close to my heart is such a great motivation.”
Matthew is taking on the challenge with six other friends: Tom Richards (24 years, Harlow), Joe Mortimer (24 years, Harlow), John Owen (42 years, Harlow), Rowan Owen (44 years, Harlow), Paul Richards (50 years, Harlow) and Fay Chapman (28 years, Harlow).
The group will set off on the climb at 05:00am on Friday 14 July, starting with Ben Nevis (4,409 ft.) in Scotland. They will then travel to Scafell Pike (3,209 ft.) in the Lake District and finish by climbing Mount Snowdon (3,560 ft.) in Wales. The group hope to complete the challenge in under 24 hours and aim to finish before 05:00am on Saturday 15 July.
Matthew and the team are aiming to raise more than £1,000 for St Clare Hospice. If you would like to sponsor Matthew Warwick and the team, visit their online fundraising page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Matthew-Warwick1
If you would like to take part in a challenge for St Clare Hospice, see how you could get involved here: www.stclarehospice.org.uk/get-involved/challenges/