Ultra Marathon in memory of a dear friend

Four friends from Perranwell recently took on the Classic Quarter ultra-marathon in memory of their friend Paul Guinchard who died in July 2018 after a short after a short illness caused by a rare sarcoma cancer.
Kirsty and Mike Mccandless joined by Jo and Henry Cameron, all from the village, formed a relay team to complete the 44 mile route from Lizard point to Land’s End along the coast path, on June 8th raising funds for the Headland Unit at Royal Cornwall Hospital and the Friends of Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The team raised a total of £1,635.00 for the two local causes chosen by Paul’s partner Jenny as they had left a lasting impression for providing compassionate care in his illness.

“Paul received very caring treatment at the Headland Unit and found volunteer visits from the Friends of Royal Cornwall Hospital offering him tea and company a huge support during his illness,”

explained Henry.

“Paul was very sociable and the Friends were his link to the world outside of the hospital. He was quite anxious about hospitals and the Friends together with the team at the Headland Unit soon made him feel very at ease during his regular visits,”

Henry added.

On a visit to the Headland Unit, the friends were able to give news of the grand total raised to Helen Green representing the Friends of Royal Cornwall Hospital and Harriet Halfhead, Senior Nurse on the Headland Unit, with Harriet explaining how donations to their charitable fund are often used,

“We try to create a comfortable environment on the Unit, people are often pleasantly surprised to hear much laughter and a fun and relaxed atmosphere. It is important for us to put our patients at ease. Our charitable funds can help us achieve this allowing us to buy the extras that make all the difference – comfortable and bright recliner chairs or colorful wall decoration all help to provide comfortable care for our patients,”

Harriet explained.

Entering the ultra-marathon was the idea of Kirsty Mccandless who quickly rallied the others to join her, none having any real experience of runs of this nature. Training through the colder months and getting their families involved on the day to cheer them along, their challenge soon became a real family affair,

“Remembering Paul and our reason for taking part definitely helped us to complete our challenge,”

said Kirsty.

“We miss him hugely – his company, camaraderie, sparky character and occasional political rants. His presence at the Perran-ar-worthal school gates and around Perranwell village is missed by so many, along with his cheerful chat and extensive repertoire of auto tips and fixes.”

Donations can still be made to the team’s fundraising page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/henrycameron

Added on July 29, 2019, in Charity - Fundraising / RCHT Charity