Paul Tyler, 44, who lives in Chorley and works in Blackburn, will make the eight day trek to raise funds for St Catherine’s in South Ribble, which provided end of life care to his partner’s mum, who he lost four years ago.
Paul also lost his mother to cancer in 2014 but sadly never had the chance to appreciate the amazing care hospices like St Catherine’s provides. He knew how much harder it could be for families to cope without hospice care and he wants to make sure that others don’t have to find out.
Paul says: “I miss my mum every day and I want to do something that will help make a difference in funding as the services provided in places such as St Catherine’s really help to make end of life care a much better time for patients and family members.”
The day after Paul’s 45th birthday in October, he will travel with 20 other recruits to China and walk the Great Wall for up to eight hours a day, hoping to raise £3,000.
He says: “My mum would have been proud, but she would have also laughed herself stupid at the idea of me walking anywhere further than my telly. Her advice would have been ‘you’re far too old to be doing daft things like this – you’re going to put your back out!’
“Regardless I will plod on, and there is nothing, not even putting my back out, that will stop me from completing this. I won’t let my mum down.”
St Catherine’s helps people in Longridge, Chorley, Preston and South Ribble who are affected by serious illness maintain a good quality of life. It needs £11,500 a day to keep its services running effectively. These funds can only come from fundraisers as the hospice receives no state funding.
Paul added: “Every penny that anyone can donate is absolutely vital to keep this wonderful charity going.”
To donate towards Paul’s fundraising target visit www.justgiving.com/paultyler1974