Robert Bowers, his sister Victoria Traynor and their 82-strong team ‘For Norma’ have already raised almost £1,000 for The Myton Hospices

Robert, Victoria and their strong team have raised £1,000 in registration fees for our sold-out Glow in the City event and they have their sights set on raising another £1,000 in sponsorship before they take part on 1st April. We asked them about their motivation and fundraising.

Why have you decided to take part in Glow in the City?

To raise money for Myton and to raise the profile of what Myton does.

Why have you chosen to raise money for Myton?

Our mum passed away peacefully on Friday 30th December 2016 in Coventry Myton Hospice after a long illness. She was only in Myton for a few days but the care that she and our family received was fundamental to us having a peaceful end to such a wonderful life.

Mum had always requested that when the time came, she would like to spend her last days in Myton. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, ourselves and Myton kept that wish. From the beginning we were welcomed by a caring, genuinely empathetic and sympathetic team – from the nurse, doctors and volunteers, we couldn’t have asked for any improvement.

We were given the time to share our mum’s life and how Myeloma changed it for ever but never did mum show she was suffering, she fought to the very end, and with Myton’s support, we were all able to be with her 24/7 without feeling we were in the way.

Myton cared for us just as they cared for our mum. They were truly amazing.

How do you plan to raise your £1,000 target?

By sharing our JustGiving page with all of our friends and family. If every one of the 82 team members could get all of their friends on Facebook to donate just £1, we’d smash our target! To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/For-Norma

How did you convince your fellow team members to sign up?

Our mum was loved by so many people, 300 or so turned out for her funeral on Thursday 2nd February 2017 where we raised £1400 to be split between UHCW Ward 34 and Myton. It wasn’t hard to get together so many.

What are you most looking forward to about the event?

Walking and dancing with the other 82 people in our team

Will you be customizing your Glow in the City t-shirts?

We will be printing ‘For Norma’ on all of our t-shirts.

Will you run, walk or dance the 5k?

We will Walk and Dance!

Will you be doing any training for the event?

Nope, just going to go with the flow.

Will you be going to the ‘after glow’ party?

Most definitely! Mum always liked a good party; she will be walking and dancing alongside us.

Good luck Robert, Victoria and team ‘For Norma’ we really appreciate your support!

We are hoping to raise £40,000 from this year’s Glow in the City event which would be enough to fund our Coventry day hospice for approximately four months.

Participants are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible to fund the services provided across all three hospices and in the community via Myton at Home.

Lucy Turner, Events Coordinator at The Myton Hospices, said,
We are absolutely thrilled about organising our third Glow in the City event in Coventry city centre. It’s extraordinary to see Coventry ablaze with colour from all our fantastic participants and volunteers. It’s a really fun and well supported event and with a larger capacity and even more neon powder this year, we’re hoping it will be the biggest and best yet!”

If you would like to take part in one of our evening events, keep an eye out for the launch of Glow in the Moonlight, which takes place in Warwick on Saturday 16th September.

Photo: Norma with her grandchildren, (from left to right) Abby, Charlotte, Norma, Jim and Owen.

Norma Bowers and grandkids - The Myton Hospices - Glow in The City

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