Jordan's abseil challenge for St Peter's Hospice
By sophia1980 | Friday, November 01, 2013, 15:21
Young Bristolian Jordan Walsh has set himself a spectacular challenge for the first weekend of November - 55 miles on his bike, followed by a 185ft abseil down one of the tallest buildings in Bristol, all to raise money for St Peter's Hospice.
Jordan Walsh and mum Sue
Jordan, 21, who has already raised four times more than his original target of £500, is delighted by the generosity of friends, family and former colleagues of his mother, Sue Walsh, in whose memory he is undertaking this two-part trial.
The cycle ride, on Friday 1 November, will take Jordan and his friend James Monteith, on a demanding route from Bristol to Weston super Mare via the Mendips.
Two days later Jordan, who works as a support worker, will join other St Peter's Hospice fundraisers for the first of this autumn's abseil challenges, down the side of the Premier Inn, Haymarket.
Jordan said: "I was inspired to raise money for St Peter's Hospice because of the care they gave my mum. After a 10-year battle with cancer, she spent the last week of her life in the care of their wonderful nurses and passed away peacefully on Friday 24 May this year.
"The support offered to my family from the Hospice at such a difficult time was overwhelming. Nothing was ever too much trouble, from the staff making us cups of tea and meals, to allowing us to sleep at the Hospice so that my sister and I were able to stay with our mum 24 hours a day.
"The after-care they offered was also outstanding, and I can never thank them enough for the warm welcome and love they gave us."
Maria del Carmen Moon Park, events fundraiser for St Peter's Hospice, says: "Our commitment is to improve the quality of life of patients while extending care and support to their families and loved ones. Last year we cared for over 2,600 patients and supported over 6,000 family members, including children."
The Premier Inn abseil challenge is the first of two such fundraising events scheduled for November. The second will take place in the Avon Gorge on 17 November.
Organisers hope everyone who takes part will try to raise at least £175. Details about registration are available from St Peter's Hospice shops or at www.stpetershospice.com, and anyone over the age of 16 can take part.
Maria continues: "All our care is provided free of charge, but it costs over £18,000 each and every day and the NHS contributes just 25%. For the rest St Peter's Hospice is totally reliant on the generosity of the public, often in response to amazing fund-raising efforts like Jordan's."