Last time in our Q&A part one - Stephen talked to us about his patient experience at the Beatson along with his recovery. In this piece we caught up about his upcoming challenge to the Arctic and why fundraising for Beatson Cancer Charity is so important.
Q. So why did you decide to sign up for the Arctic Trek then?
"I’ve always wanted to give back to the Beatson – it’s only when looking back that I realise how much they did for me. I’ve been keeping an eye out for a challenge so when this came up, I went along to the information evening. My brother did Tough Mudder in aid of Beatson Cancer Charity and in support of me which I was really touched by."
Q. What are you most looking forward to about the challenge?
"I probably look forward to thought of crossing the finish line! [laughs] – it’s good that they do something to mark the end." (Play Bagpipes)
Q. How’s the training going? Got any plans to get yourself ready?
"It was a real challenge to get my fitness and stamina back. I signed up for the gym after the information night and I play football once a week. I will do more walking and maybe a half marathon this year.
I realise how hard this challenge might be – the weather conditions could change and it could go one of many ways."
Q. Why do you think other people should fundraise for Beatson Cancer Charity?
"People should sign up because the money that gets raised is spent in so many good ways. My specialist nurse (Nicola) was funded by Beatson Cancer Charity and I was astounded when I found that out. As well as the centre, staff posts and research that are also funded by the charity."
Q. How did Nicola help you?
"Nicola was really good, she was so informative. She gave me options and told me the experience of others to help me make my decisions. I was shocked that her post wasn’t NHS funded. The charity is needed to support these kind of roles. More people are getting cancer so you would think there would be more."
Q. It’s so vital to have people aware of what we do and we are so grateful that you want to fundraise for us. Hopefully by taking part you will encourage more people to support The Beatson.
"Exactly, the more people that are aware of where the money goes, the more they will be inclined to take part. People can do something as a personal challenge or if they have a connection. Those that don’t might do it if they know what great things go on in the hospital. It’s so important that people can hear what the money is going towards – like seeing the CEO David Welch on STV news the other night, it all makes a difference."
We truly appreciate Stephen coming into talk to us about his experience at The Beatson and his upcoming challenge to the Arctic. We will be following Stephen's progress closely as he prepares for his challenge in 2017. You can show you support to Stephen by visiting his JustGiving Page or by giving him a follow on twitter. If you have been inspired by Stephen's story, why don’t you take on a fundraising challenge for a loved one or even just to support this amazing work.
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