A devoted son has been so impressed by the care his cancer-stricken mother has received that he is taking on a sporting challenge to raise money for the Derbyshire Times’ 25in25 Ashgate Hospice appeal.
James Farndon, 34, of Excalibur Way, Riverside Village, Chesterfield, has already completed the DT’s Flagg cycle ride for the hospice and is to take on the Nottingham Half Marathon on September 29 in honour of his brave mum Anne.
Mr Farndon said: “My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer about six years ago and she was treated at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Sheffield’s Western Park Hospital.
“But just over a year ago the cancer came back and went into her bones and liver and the prognosis is that it’s treatable but not curable and she had to be cared for at the hospice for two weeks.
“Our family was blown away by how amazing the hospice is and the staff are fantastic and so supportive that we wanted a chance to give something back.”
James and wife Sarah completed the Flagg challenge in July and Jane has raised hundreds of pounds for the hospice and Cancer Research by taking on other sporting challenges.
Mr Farndon added: “Mum has been incredibly brave. I’ve never heard her moan because she’s always more concerned about everyone else instead of herself. We’re very proud of her.”
The DT 25 in 25 Appeal hopes to raise £25,000 during the hospice’s 25th anniversary year. It has so far raised over £15,000 in pledges from the Flagg cycle challenge, a charity ale, fun days and other sponsored challenges taken on by readers. Those interested in sponsoring James can call him on 07866 369310 or they can contact DT reporter Jon Cooper on (01246) 504524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.