Walking for Cancer
Blogging has been rather neglected recently.
Life is in a bit of a disarray.
Leaving Asia to help at home because my Mum has cancer turned life upside down a bit.
There have been many ups and downs over the past few months and there will be more as it is a very bumpy road to follow.
There have been more metaphorical mountains climbed than physical ones, and when I have managed to head for the hills there’s not been much time to write about it or click the send button.
Getting out on, both on my feet and my sparkly new bike, clears my head and reaffirms that the world is still a fabulous place.
Derwent over to Catbells
Watching someone face the end of life as bravely is my mum is difficult, but at times inspiring. I was lucky to be born and spend my childhood in Cumbria and have my parents to thank for my love of the hills. I learned to swim in the Lakes, splashed about in boats for as long as I can remember and climbed Helvellyn for the first time when I was around ten. Along with an assortment of cousins and dogs all younger than myself.
Coping with cancer is not an easy spectator sport, so to be able to do something positive and give something back last Sunday was a great release. When I found that MacMillan were attempting to get people on top of all the Wainwrights it just had to be done.
Derwent and Basenthwaite
I coerced my nephew, niece, brother, sister in law and son to come with me. Being in a benevolent frame of mind and not wanting to lose any of them, I opted for Walla Crag rather than Striding Edge or Jacks Rake! With our ‘kids’ now being ‘grown up’ and locations rather disparate, it is quite rare to get us all together. So the day was special in more than one way.
Best of all was the generosity of our friends who, via my just giving page and cash donated £350 to Macmillan.
Around 60 Wainwrights were conquered for Macmillan this year – I think the event is going to be run again next.
May be they will get all 214! You can give more to Macmillan here or follow the local Cumbria group here
I’ll post the date as soon as its set.