An inspiring trio of Myton employees are stepping out into the unknown to raise vital funds for the Hospice they dedicate their working lives to.
Nicola Woolvine, Susan Fraser and Kathryn Howell are...
key members of the Myton team, caring for our patients through their roles as therapists. But, so passionate are they about the cause, they also wanted to join the amazing army of fundraisers we depend on to provide our services free of charge to patients with a life-limiting illness across Coventry and Warwickshire.
Their mission will see them complete the tough, hilly, coastal challenge in just one day – and they are urging supporters to dig deep and give generously to help them raise as much money as possible.
We wanted to do something special to raise money for the organisation we all love and have such an affiliation to on so many levels,
Every day the three of us see, first-hand, the value of Hospice care to patients, their families and carers.
The last year, throughout the pandemic, has been extremely difficult one for all charities and we want to do our bit to support Myton in these difficult times.
We’re hoping to get fit in the process too!
With the bullet well and truly bitten, and the registration forms completed, Nikki, Susan and Kath are now faced with the reality of the challenge and have set their sights on a tough training regime to get them in tip-top physical condition for the 55km coastal trek.
As a physiotherapy team, you’d think that we were at the peak of fitness and primed and ready for such a challenge – think again!
In between our day jobs, the next four months are going to be largely taken up by hill walking, endurance training and long distance walking and we will put updates on our JustGiving page to let you all know how we are getting on.
During our time working at Myton, we have had the privilege of meeting some incredible people and their amazing families. They are our motivation and we will be thinking of them every step of the way!
For Susan, the challenge will have an added incentive. Her dad Graham was cared for by the amazing Myton at Home team during his battle with a brain tumour in 2011/2012.
Graham fell ill while on holiday in Spain in October 2011 and shortly after returning home was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma brain tumour. He was given six weeks to live without treatment so underwent surgery and months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, Graham’s tumour was just too aggressive and he passed away – at home – on December 8, 2012.
My dad was everything to me and, like many people, I guess I took it for granted that he would always be around,
He never wanted to die in a hospital and, as a family, we wanted to keep him at home with mum as long as possible. With the support of the amazing Myton at Home Team, we were able to care for dad at home and my Mum did an amazing job, with the support of the Myton nursing team making a huge difference to her ability to do so.
Dad passed away peacefully at home on the 8th December, exactly as he would have wanted and we will always be grateful for the support that Myton gave to us at what was such a difficult time.
As a physiotherapist, Susan’s motivation to enable people to live as well as possible for as long as possible has always been at the forefront of what she does.
And when a physiotherapy role came up at Myton a few years later, she knew she had to apply.
I have worked at Myton for nearly five years,
I love what I do and the people I have met - both patients and staff are amazing! It never ceases to amaze me, the strength and courage that our patients have and if I can help to make their journey through life that bit more bearable then I have done a good job.
If the Myton Magic team have inspired you to donate, please visit their JustGiving page by clicking here.
Or, maybe Susan, Nikki and Kath have inspired you to take on a fundraising challenge of your own? Perhaps our upcoming Cycle Challenge?
It’s time to get into gear and get the fundraising cogs turning as The Myton Hospices marks the welcome return of its Cycle Challenge.
After Covid forced last year’s event into a virtual occasion – we’re delighted this year’s Cycle Challenge is a hybrid offering – meaning you can join us on the day (in a Covid-secure way of course) or take on the challenge on your own or in bubbles if you would prefer.
Sign up online today by clicking here.
Take a look at our Cycle Challenge video below...