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Ian’s Story

11 February 2021

“I am taking on this fantastic challenge in memory of my late wife Ailsa Fray. She was cared for by the Hospice due to her terminal breast cancer. However not only did they support Ailsa, but the family and carer support team provided myself and my son support following Ailsa death. Therefore I wanted to fundraise for the Hospice and decided to take part in the virtual Lands End to John O’Groats walk/run. I will in total be completing 874 miles in 12 months!

“I have currently walked 350 miles since my start date on the 26th October 2020 and received postcards for the milestones that I reach! The challenge is tough and due to work and family commitments, most of my miles are being completed on the treadmill. However I am enjoying the support from fellow walkers/runners who are also taking on the challenge – we share messages of support and photo’s onto the Facebook group.”

Ian has so far raised over £2,300 for the Hospice! As part of our appreciation month we want to say a big #BSMHThankYou to Ian, who’s fundraising will make a big difference to those needing Hospice care across Birmingham and Sandwell. Ian has also given advice to people who want to fundraise for the Hospice;

“Always keep in your mind, no matter how tough your challenge is, the reason you are doing it. I have always got my wife’s memory to keep me going and the love and support of family & friends that really spurs me on. Try and have fun and enjoy you’re your fundraising!”

If you have been inspired by Ian and his incredible fundraising, you can find out how you can fundraise for the Hospice and take on your own challenge at