A Blandford man whose mother spent her last days fighting cancer in the Macmillan Caring Locally Unit is cycling from Morocco to Dorset to raise money in her memory.
James Waggott, along with his friends Jack Curtin and Josh Worsey, will battle often mountainous terrain and intense heat during their five-week ride from Marrakesh, through Spain and France and back to England this September.
The trio hope to cover between 70 and 100 miles a day and are attempting the trip fully self-supported, carrying their food and water, sleeping in tents and cooking on a camping stove along the way.
James said: “My mum Sarah Jane Waggott loved an adventure and Morocco was a country she would have really liked to have visited. But sadly she lost her battle against cancer before she had the chance.
“She did knew about our plans to make the Morocco trip before she passed away though and she was 100 per cent supportive and excited, as she was with all the adventures we have had.”
Sarah Waggott lived in Hurn with James’s father Jon, their youngest son Jordon and their Doberman dog Tye.
She was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer in 2018 and went through chemotherapy and radiotherapy to try and slow the progress of the disease. But sadly she died on May 15th this year.
James said: “Mum was so kind and caring. It was a long fight but she never wanted us to worry or to show her pain.
“She spent her last five days at the Macmillan Caring Locally Unit where all the staff and nurses looked after not just her, but also myself and the rest of my family including Jordon and our sisters Carli and Abi.”
Macmillan Caring Locally (which is not part of the national Macmillan charity), funds the Macmillan Unit, which was built in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital in 1974 and now supports more than 1,600 patients with life-limiting illnesses each year.
The charity has launched the Brick by Brick appeal to replace the now outdated unit with a state-of-the-art, specialist, palliative care unit.
The appeal has already raised £5m towards the project, but still needs to raise a further £6m.
James said: “We are hoping our ride will raise £3000.
“Jack and I have been on many adventures together but none as big as this. We normally go on surf, hiking, biking and climbing trips over a weekend or week.”
Jack and Josh met each other in New Zealand where they were working in a bike shop.
“I think some of the hardest things we will have to deal with are the heat and keeping hydrated,” said James.
“The mountain roads in northern Spain, with all the weight we are carrying, will also be especially tough.”
He continued: “Mum really loved an outdoor adventure
“And while we won’t have the chance to tell her the stories and show her the photos from this trip, we hope to raise a substantial amount of money in her memory for the Brick by Brick Appeal – and that is a really special legacy which we know she would have loved.”
The trio fly to Marrakesh on August 31 and can be sponsored via: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/morocco-to-macmillan
To donate to the Brick by Brick Appeal visit: www.macmillanlocal.org
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While the NHS funds core services at the Macmillan Unit, a significant proportion of its funding comes from the Macmillan Caring Locally charity, thanks to the generosity of the local community.
MCL’s volunteers also carry out a multitude of services from patient transport and fundraising to end of life and respite visits.