I first heard about Penny Brohn UK when my friend, Ruth, became ill.
Ruth was my best friend and lived with me when she separated from her husband. She was originally going to stay for a couple of weeks whilst she sorted everything out. Three years later and Ruth moved out to live her new life in her new house. She was finally happy.
A few months after Ruth moved out she became ill and was diagnosed with cancer of the peritoneum. She had six months of treatment which seemed to work initially but did not last.
During her treatment, Ruth was supported by Penny Brohn UK and visited the National Centre twice. She found it so helpful and informative and always came home feeling calm and peaceful. It was lovely to see. Penny Brohn UK really made a difference to the way she viewed her life and gave her the tools to live better and look after herself.
As Ruth deteriorated I moved in with her and stayed with her until the end. She died in our local hospice the day before her 54th birthday.
I found Ruth dying really hard and needed to fill this gaping hole in my life, so I decided to organise a sponsored walk on her birthday the following year. It made me focus on something positive and of course I had to get fit!
Ruth was a huge dog lover so I decided to call the event Walkies with Woof as Woof was Ruth’s nickname. 30 of Ruth’s friends walked the 15 mile route from Crewkerne in Somerset to West Bay, past all the places that meant something to her. We played music from the back of a tractor and had a brilliant but emotional day. We raised nearly £10,000 which we split between Penny Brohn UK and the local hospice that cared for Ruth.
The event was so successful that we organised a second walk the following year call WWW TT Trek, named after Ruth’s much loved and long awaited Audi TT. This time we walked Ruth’s favourite road, the coast road from West Bay to Abbotsbury. Ruth always said it was the best road in Britain. We walked the nine miles of hills and had a picnic on the back of the tractor and trailer overlooking the amazing Jurassic coastline. We raised over £10,000 which we split between the two charities again.