The “outstanding” end of life care a loving husband experienced from Ashgate Hospice has inspired his wife to conquer three of the Peak District’s highest summits in a single day.
Sally Cother, from Linacre Woods, Chesterfield, is set to take on the hospice’s Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge on Sunday, 12th June, in memory of husband, Bernie Cother.
Bernie was diagnosed with lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease two years ago and received care on Ashgate’s Inpatient Unit, until his death in May last year, aged 77.
Ashgate’s hiking challenge will see Sally and other supporters walk up and down Black Hill, Bleaklow and Kinder Scout – the three distinct highest peaks of the Derbyshire countryside. And having seen first-hand the “warm and loving” care that Bernie experienced from the hospice, Sally, 59, was keen to sign up to the challenge to help fund care for families who need support in the future.
Sally, who was keen to challenge herself to something new in 2022, is urging others to join her on the challenge this summer.
“I cannot praise Ashgate enough for the way Bernie was cared for – he was treated with such dignity and respect,” she said.
“All the staff and volunteers were outstanding. They’d always answer my questions with complete honesty, without holding back, which helped me understand what was happening and, in a way, made it less frightening.
“I had always heard how good the support was, but I had no idea how really fantastic everything was. Bernie’s room was beautiful, the volunteers were so kind, and the nursing staff were just second-to-none. I will be eternally grateful to Ashgate Hospice for all they did for Bernie and are still doing for me to this day. It’s because of this care that I wanted to sign up for the Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge. I’m looking forward to a wonderful day enjoying the beautiful views all over the Peak District, while helping support Ashgate along the way!”
Sally, who works as Property Executive, has also received counselling support from the hospice’s Supportive Care team, both before and after Bernie died. She says her husband also attended the hospice’s Day Services on a couple of occasions before the pandemic unfolded – before receiving support over the phone from the hospice’s community team.
Sally wants to raise as much money as she can for the hospice, which relies on fundraisers to raise £4 million every year so it can continue providing vital palliative and end of life care to patients and families across North Derbyshire.
Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospice, added: “We can’t wait for the return of our Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge this summer and I’m delighted to see Sally will be hiking with us in memory of Bernie.
“The Peak District offers some incredible views, and we are so lucky to be only a stone's throw away from such a wonderful place. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day hiking through the Peaks as well as raising money to help fund our care. Get in touch if you’re interested – we'd love for you to join us!”
The deadline to sign up for the Three Peaks Challenge is 12th May. To find out more about the fundraiser go to ashgatehospice .org.uk/derbyshire-three-peaks-challenge. Alternatively, email Ashgate’s Events Team at events@ ashgatehospice.org.uk or call 01246 568801.