A housing association works planner is preparing to make a trek along the Great Wall of China to raise money for a South Ribble hospice after losing his mother and mother-in-law to cancer.
Paul Tyler, 44, who lives in Chorley and works in Blackburn for Together Housing Group’s repairs and maintenance team, wants to raise funds for the St Catherine’s hospice in South Ribble.
The hospice provided end-of-life care for his partner’s mother, who passed away four years ago. Tyler also lost his own mother to cancer in 2014, but says he never had the chance to appreciate the “amazing care” that hospice’s like St Catherine’s provide.
“I miss my mum every day and I want to do something that will help make a difference in funding as the services provided in places such as St Catherine’s really help to make end of life care a much better time for patients and family members,” he said.
Now he’s planning to make the eight-day trek along the wall to raise funds for the hospice.
The day after his 45th birthday in October, Tyler intends to travel with 20 other recruits to China and walk the Great Wall for up to eight hours a day, hoping to raise £3,000.
“My mum would have been proud, but she would have also laughed herself stupid at the idea of me walking anywhere further than my telly,” Tyler added. “Her advice would have been ‘you’re far too old to be doing daft things like this – you’re going to put your back out.’
“Regardless I will plod on, and there is nothing, not even putting my back out, that will stop me from completing this. I won’t let my mum down. Every penny that anyone can donate is absolutely vital to keep this wonderful charity going.”
St Catherine’s helps people in Longridge, Chorley, Preston and South Ribble who are affected by serious illness maintain a good quality of life. It needs £11,500 a day to keep its services running effectively. These funds can only come from fundraisers as the hospice receives no state funding.
To donate towards Paul’s fundraising target visit www.justgiving.com/paultyler1974