So I got in a local newspaper yesterday for my fundraising work and a few people asked if they could see it, so I thought the best way would just be to type it up. Credit to the guy at Wrexham Evening Leader that wrote it but also to me and my mum for updating our blog.
FAMILY members have cycled 40 miles together to raise funds for charity in memory of a loved one.
The Rowland family, from Penyffordd, have raised more than £1,700 for Nightingale House Hopice in a bike ride along the coast of North Wales.
Matthew Rowland, 17, was joined by brother Simon, 15, and parents Sue and Tim on a cycling trip from Talacre to Penmaenmawr, going up and down the Great Orme at Llandudno on the way.
All four completed the trip, though Tim, 50, agreed to take part without the grueling Great Orme section in the middle.
Grandmother Audrey Gartrell, who lived in Wrexham, died at the hospice last December aged 76, after a three-month battle with cancer.
Matthew said “My grandma was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in September 2011.
One day in December, she couldn’t get up the stairs without having to sit down to get her breath back at the top and at that point we realised she needed more care than we were able to give her, so we turned to Nightingale House Hospice, where she spent her final days.
From September onwards, I knew that I wanted to do something,” he said.
“I knew that I wouldn’t be able to save my grandma but maybe I could save someone else’s, or do something more to be able to give the care that somebody else’s needs. The care that the workers give on a daily basis is absolutely incredible, not just for the patients in their hospice beds, but also for the families and friends involved.
It’s an incredible place,” he added.
Mother Sue Rowland, 47, said she was incredibly proud of Matthew for the effort he put into organising the charity ride.
“It’s been such a fantastic thing that he’s come up with,” she said.
She also wanted to thank friends Ken and Barbara who gave them a ride with their bikes back to Talacre.
The ride was a joint fundraising effort with Sue’s own run in the Chester half marathon in May, which she completed in two hours and eight minutes.
Audrey died a week before Christmas at the hospice where Sue’s father, Alan, also died in 1996.
He was a manager of the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra and raised money for Nightingale House in the hospice’s early days.
“I can honestly say that the care both physically and emotionally given to not only my mum but also to myself and other family members was second to none,” she said.
“We are privileged to have such a wonderful facility but, incredibly, 80 percent of funds to keep the hospice running comes from fundraising alone,” she said.
The family is still taking donations at http://www.everydayhero.co.uk/TheRowlandRide.”
When I read it for the first time it was quite difficult for me to take in. I don’t ever read back any of my blog posts usually. This was the first time that I’ve ever done it - in a newspaper article where stuff that I’d said had been quoted. I could feel my Dad watching my facial expression as I read it to see what I felt and I had to hold tears back. He told me that he cried when he read it, and when my mum came home and she read it, she cried as well. So Wrexham Evening Leader, thank you very much for a wonderful article (which I did kind of write myself, be honest) it was quite moving.