Tuesday, 11 November 2014

One man's love of the great outdoors inspired his family and friends to complete a gruelling Three Peaks Challenge in his memory.

Turning their footsteps into a fundraising opportunity for Peace Hospice Care, the 16 strong team, supported by five drivers, set out to conquer Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon in a 24 hour race against time. 

The mountainous mission was their way of thanking the Hospice for making a difference in the final days of the life of Simon Appleton, a much missed father, husband, papa and friend.

'Dad loved walking, the outdoors and a challenge, so this was an unmissable fundraising opportunity,' said daughter Ruth Ritchie.

'The Hospice at Home team at Peace Hospice Care helped us fulfill dad's wish to remain at home in his final days.  They are truly amazing and we just wanted to give something back to enable them to continue this exceptional service.' 

Giving back was a proud moment for the team, who visited the Hospice and handed over a cheque for £12,006.24, which included more than £1,200 collected at Simon's funeral.

'He would be so chuffed and thrilled to bits,' said Catherine Appleton. 'I can't thank the Hospice at Home team enough for the care of my husband Simon.  Together with a Macmillan nurse they stepped in and all worked so brilliantly together.

'They really helped him have a good death at home where he wanted to be.  It was a very natural journey and we kept the door open so family and friends were able to see him in a very positive way.

'Three hours before he died his grandchildren were in bed with him. It really was a wonderful death.'

The Three Peaks Challenge was boosted by further fundraising through a quiz night and a cake sale.

Photograph: Lucia Dell'Aquila, Mary Musgrove, Catherine Appleton, Libby Boi and Ruth Ritchie.