Family took on Chesterfield marathon to boost hospice

Pictured is some Team Anne members, left to right, James Farndon, his dad Ian Farndon, daughter Daisy Farndon and Ashgate Hospice nurse Becky Bell.
Pictured is some Team Anne members, left to right, James Farndon, his dad Ian Farndon, daughter Daisy Farndon and Ashgate Hospice nurse Becky Bell.

A group of over 25 local family and friends trained hard to take part and being involved in last Sunday’s Chesterfield Marathon on September 14 to raise funds for their Chesterfield-based hospice.

The team, lovingly called “Team Anne” ran in memory of Anne Farndon, who was cared for by Ashgate Hospice, and they were also joined by hospice’s nurses.

Anne’s son James Farndon, 35, from Chesterfield, said “We’ll never forget that and will continue to do things whenever we can.

“Everything was amazing really, hence the reason for us doing the marathon.”

Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, but despite undergoing operations and receiving radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the cancer returned in 2012 and had spread to her bones and liver. She was then admitted to Ashgate Hospice for specialist medical and symptom control.

James added: “She went to the Hospice initially for a couple of weeks stay to sort her symptoms out and medication, then she went to the Day Unit. She used to love going there.

“She did have a couple of longer term stays, once over Christmas, which obviously isn’t the best, but she did actually come out with us for Christmas dinner and then we had a drink with her when we got back. It’s something we’ll never forget – all good memories.”

James remembers his apprehension about the news that his mum was being referred for hospice care, but this view quickly changed.

“Thinking back, my mum said she was going into the Hospice after she’d been re-diagnosed, and you think ‘Oh gosh she’s going to pass away’, but it’s now obvious hospice care is for respite, getting medications right, symptoms, things like that. A lot of patients do come to the end of their life which is handled amazingly, but people come in to get a better quality of life.”

After some time, Anne became very ill and was admitted to the hospice for end of life care and sadly died at Ashgate Hospice earlier this year.

“It couldn’t be any better and that goes for medical care that my mum and other people get – that’s second to none. The care is also for both the patient and family and friends. It is amazing - it’s a wonderful place.”

Team Anne included James his wife, Sarah, along with his siblings and two nurses from the hospice, including Becky Bell, pictured.

Anne’s grandchildren, including James’ daughter Daisy, also got involved with James’s dad Ian.

James has set up a JustGiving page for Team Anne and has so far raised £1,343. Anyone who would like to show their support for the team can sponsor them online by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/James-Farndon3/

Ashgate is the second largest hospice in the East Midlands with more than 8,000 patient contacts a year. Every donation received will help to support the wide range of specialist services that Ashgate Hospice provides to local people with life limiting illnesses and their families across North Derbyshire.

Running Ashgate Hospice costs £6.5 million a year.

The hospice receives NHS funding of £2.5m so needs to raise a further £4m to ensure these vital services can continue to be provided.

Alongside a 21-bed inpatient unit and extensively used day unit, Ashgate Hospice nurses make more than 3,000 home visits and have over 4,000 face to face contacts with patients at Chesterfield Royal Hospital every single year. All of the services provided by Ashgate are free of charge.

Pictured is some Team Anne members, left to right, James Farndon, his dad Ian Farndon, daughter Daisy Farndon and Ashgate Hospice nurse Becky Bell.