Nick and friends raise more than £6,600 in Mum’s memory through Three Peaks Challenge

Bristol-based financial adviser Nick Adamthwaite visited Prospect Hospice earlier this month to present a cheque for £6,670 which had been raised in memory of his late Mum, Anne Adamthwaite, who was cared for at Prospect Hospice in 2016. Nick and nine friends took on the challenge to scale the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowden) within 24 hours in July, and made full use of social media and mobile technology to encourage friends and family to sponsor them as their challenge progressed.

Nick was joined by partner Jess and his aunt Helen – Anne’s sister – and Freddie the dog, who was Anne’s but has now found a home with Nick and Jess, as they presented the cheque to our challenges fundraiser Martha Walker. “Me and my brothers (Rob & Will) were very keen to raise what we could for Prospect Hospice as a way of saying thank you for the care Mum had here,” Nick says. “So I put the idea to my friends – mostly friends from university days – and we agreed to take on the Three Peaks. We’re all young and fit and it just felt like a great thing we could all do, and for me a tribute to Mum’s memory. Mum was renowned for a red fleece jacket all the time, so we had red team fleeces made – she would have loved that!”

Both Nick and Helen were hugely impressed by the care and support that Anne and they themselves had from Prospect Hospice. “I’ll be honest – I didn’t really know anything about what hospices could do to help people like Mum,” Nick admits. “But from the first time she met Linda, the clinical nurse specialist who helped her throughout her care, until the very end of her life at the hospice, it really felt as though she was in safe hands. We were even able to stay in one of the lovely lodges at the hospice while Mum stayed here.”

In Nick’s view, more people should consider fundraising for hospices to support the work they do. “I hear of a lot of fundraising for other cancer-related charities, but less so when people like Mum have reached a place from which there’s no turning back. Yes, they are all good charities, but bringing more of the support and care that Mum had mattered most to me. Losing Mum was incredibly sad, but the care that she had from Prospect Hospice at the very end of her life was the best that it possibly could be.”

Prospect Hospice fundraiser Martha Walker said: “It was a pleasure to meet Nick, Jess and Helen today and we are hugely grateful to them for all that they have done to support Prospect Hospice. Their efforts will make a real difference for the patients and families we care for, here and in the local community.”