Andy Leslie, 33, who lives in Nottingham with his family, will be taking on a colossal triathlon, known as the Ironman Challenge, in Bolton on 14 July this year in memory of his mum, Nicky Leslie, who was cared for by Ashgate Hospicecare.
The challenge will consist of a 2.4 mile swim across a lake, a 112 mile bike ride, a 26.2 mile run, all of which must be completed in under 17 hours to be crowned an ‘Ironman’.
Nicky, who had recently retired to Bonsall in Derbyshire with her husband, was diagnosed with sarcoma in March 2018. She died at Ashgate Hospicecare just five months later, at the age of 59.
Andy said, “It all happened so quickly from mum’s diagnosis to her death and it’s been really hard for our family, so I really want to do something positive. I’ve always wanted to take on the ultimate triathlon: the Ironman Challenge and this seems like the perfect time to do it in my mum’s memory and to raise money for more patients who need at Ashgate Hospicecare.
I’ve never experienced a hospice before and so I never really appreciated just how important they are. Ashgate Hospicecare completely changed the end of my mum’s life for the better; filling it with happiness and joy. The staff made her feel comfortable and they would do things like cook her extra meals depending on what she fancied eating and give her gin and tonic flavors around her mouth when she couldn’t eat much, which put a smile on her face. I’ll never be able to show my gratitude for all the staff and volunteers who cared for her, but hopefully, by doing this challenge and raising my target of £3,000, it’ll go some way to showing how important the Ashgate Hospicecare is to local people.”
Andy was able to tell his mum that he was taking on the Ironman Challenge for her before she died. She told Andy he was crazy for attempting it, which has spurred Andy on even more!
Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said, “It’s absolutely fantastic when people take on challenges to raise money for the hospice and, often, the crazier the challenge is, the better!
We’re so pleased that Andy is doing the Ironman Challenge for Ashgate Hospicecare as all the money raised will go towards caring for more patients and their families when faced with a life-limiting illness, not just on the ward, but at home too. We wish him all the best of luck through his training and for the big day!”
To show your support for Andy and to raise money for more patients and families who need vital hospice care, please visit Andy’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andyleslie-ironmanjourney.