Why I took on a challenge for Marie Curie

Lesley Borthwick with children Walk Ten 2014 300

For some people, signing up for a Marie Curie challenge event is the perfect motivation to keep a new year’s resolution to get fit, while for others it is way of remembering a loved one.

Our 2015 events programme includes walks, runs, swims and cycling challenges. Whatever your age, level of fitness and reason for taking part, there’s something to suit you. Find out why two supporters took on a challenge event for us and what they got out of it.

Giving back

Lesley Borthwick’s husband Gaven died of oesophageal cancer in the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh last March aged 44. The couple were married for 25 years and have three young children. The family also received support at home and, since Gaven’s death, Lesley (above) has had bereavement counselling through the hospice. “Myself and the kids, their friends, my niece and her kids all did Walk Ten in Dalkeith Country Park. We all wanted to give back for the care that Gaven received and for the care I am still getting. “We all loved the atmosphere and the candle lighting, the music, and the way everyone sits and has a picnic while watching the amazing fireworks, which is so emotional.”

Something positive

In 2013, Gillian Dewart and her sister decided to mark the first anniversary of their mother’s death from breast cancer by taking part in the Great North Run. They wanted to support Marie Curie because our nurses cared for their mother in the last week of her life. “The Marie Curie girls came in the evenings and were fantastic,” says Gillian. “We called them angels because whenever they came, they were just lovely. It allowed us to get a good night's sleep so that we could look after mum during the day. Being able to look after mum at home was what she wanted. We all got comfort from that. “The timing of the Great North Run was brilliant for us because it’s so near to mum’s anniversary. We thought that it would be something positive to do.” Sign up for one of our challenge events today