My £25,000 fundraising challenge

by Bob Brown Marie Curie Nurse Bob Brown, a Marie Curie Nurse from Northern Ireland, has embarked on a year of fundraising, starting with the Tour de France Grand Départ Power Peloton on 5 July. He explains why he wants to raise £25,000 for the charity.


Bob has embarked on a year of fundraising, starting with the Tour de France Grand Départ Power Peloton
Bob has embarked on a year of fundraising, starting with the Tour de France Grand Départ Power Peloton

Some weeks ago, I was nursing patient in his 70s whose life had changed overnight. Just two weeks earlier, this man had been climbing ladders and working on the roof of a building. But when a fall on the stairs left him unable to walk, investigations showed he had spinal compression and recurring prostate cancer, which he had thought was being treated successfully. It is unlikely he will walk again. The man cried as he described the anguish he was feeling and thanked me for the simple task of assisting him to the toilet and with washing, a basic need he could no longer manage. Every hour of every day, Marie Curie Nurses are helping people in similar situations, in their home or in a hospice, as they approach the end of life. I have nursed many people in many different situations – from young people with conditions such as motor neurone disease to older people suffering from dementia. I can recall many courageous families and moments of hope, dignity and unconditional love. I can picture the experience of loss from many perspectives and have been present at the moment of dying many times. In 2015, I will have been a Marie Curie Nurse for 25 years. Over the next 12 months I would like to remember all of the people I have nursed through a year of fundraising. On 5 July, I will be taking on my first challenge, cycling 190km from Leeds to Harrogate at part of the Tour de France Grand Départ Power Peloton. I’ll also be taking many more challenges in the coming months, hoping to raise £25,000 by the end of 2015 – £1,000 for every year I have been a Marie Curie Nurse.


Get involved


Sponsor Bob and help him hit his £25,000 target. See the Tour de France up close by signing up to collect for Marie Curie. Join the Grand Départy and hold your very own fundraising event to raise money for Marie Curie. I’d like to acknowledge and thank Cycleology in Armagh, Northern Ireland and Bay Cycles in Torquay, Devon who have provided me with equipment and bike maintenance support for the year ahead.