I first came to Maggie’s Nottingham with my sister, Emma, in 2016. She had been diagnosed with metastatic bowel cancer and I was taking her to appointments at the City Hospital. She suggested popping into Maggie’s as a good place to sit and wait in‐between her two appointments that day. The cancer had been found in her lungs and brain so she knew her prognosis was not good. She was recently married with two young boys aged 2 and 9 months old.
I was instantly impressed with Maggie’s. As soon as we walked in we were welcomed with a cup of tea and biscuit and sat in a local sunny space. Staff were perceptive and recognised the emotional upset my sister was in and rearranged a few things to get her a one to one appointment that day whilst she was there.
Emma sadly died in 2017.
Emma had been involved with Maggie’s Nottingham when it first opened back in 2011 when she had first been diagnosed with cancer. She wanted to do something to help and in September 2011 ran the Nottingham Robin Hood Half Marathon to raise funds for Maggie’s, having not long completed her chemotherapy. As this had been Emma’s charity of choice I also wanted to choose Maggie’s centres for further fundraising in memory of her.
Sarah, Emma's sister
Sarah decided to complete the South Wales Three Peaks Trail around Abergavenny in Wales with her friends Helen and Eli. This involves a 20 mile circular walk including ascents of Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Fawr.
Emma was a Primary School teacher specialising in P.E. She was very active and loved swimming, running, netball and the outdoors so I thought this was a fitting tribute. She would definitely have loved to complete the challenge with me.
Thanks to the support from her family and friends, Emma has raised an incredible total of £1771.93.
I have been bowled over by the support I have received from family, friends & colleagues and the sponsorship raised for this. I think this goes to show how much Emma touched people’s hearts and what a great charity Maggie’s Centres is. During my challenge, wearing the bright orange vest provided by Maggie’s, I was approached by one lady who wished me luck for the walk and said how much Maggie’s in Swansea had helped her and she was looking forward to Maggie’s Cardiff opening as it was such a great facility for people to have access to.
We are so grateful for support like this and it ensures that we’re able to continue to help people like Emma and her family. If you’d like to organise your own challenge or do something in memory of a loved one, we’d love to support you. Please get in touch with our fundraising team by email or phone 0115 924 6211.