The ‘outstanding’ care a loving grandfather received at Ashgate Hospicecare has inspired his daughter to take on a Derbyshire hiking challenge in his memory.
Alan Casey was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in November last year and sadly died the following month, aged 70, after the disease spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
The grandfather of six, who ran his own business until the month before his diagnosis, was able to fulfil his wish of dying at home with his close family by his side thanks to Ashgate.
His daughter, Michelle Casey, who lives in Manchester but previously lived in the High Peak, is taking on the Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge this summer to help fund care for future families who need the support and care of the hospice.
“Ashgate’s services were just outstanding,” said Michelle. “They enabled dad to come home so mum, my sister and I could spend time with him whilst the Ashgate team cared for him.
“The hospice provided us with all the equipment he needed – from a hospital bed to things to help with bathing and walking aids, which all made him much more settled.”
Michelle, 48, who works for British Airways, will return to her native Derbyshire in July to trek up Bleaklow Head, Black Hill, and Kinder Scout.
So far, she has managed to raise more than £400 for Ashgate Hospicecare but is determined to raise at least £500.
She said: “Dad was a funny caring and proud man; he was always helping others in whatever way he could and loved having a laugh with his six grandchildren.
“I chose to do the Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge as I wanted to give something back to Ashgate after the fantastic support they gave him at the end of his life.”
“If I am honest, I did not really give much thought to hospice care before dad became ill, I imagined them to be sad places but the whole team were outstanding; nothing was ever too much trouble. Everyone made what was a very emotional and sad time a little bit easier for my family.”
Ashgate Hospicecare is inviting other challengers from across the county and beyond to join Michelle and dozens of others to take on the Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge on July 18th.
Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, added: “It’s amazing that Michelle has chosen to take on the Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge this summer in memory of her dad Alan.
“Without people like Michelle choosing to support Ashgate we wouldn’t be able to support the families who need our care.
“You can join her and our other fundraising heroes on the Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge this summer. Not only will you be helping fund our vital care but it’s a great opportunity to get out and experience some of the most beautiful countryside Derbyshire has to offer!”
For more information go to www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/events/derbyshire-three-peaks-challenge/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org