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Indian adventure to celebrate 15 years cancer free

Lindsey Hobbs, 46 years of age from Bradford on Avon, and her family are no strangers to Hospitals and have had more than their fair share of brushes with cancer. This cruel disease has affected Lindsey’s own health, her dads, her husbands and sadly took her mum five years ago. However 2015 is her year. This October Lindsey will be celebrating her 15th year being cancer free by putting on her walking boots and challenging herself to hike the Himalayas as part of The Forever Friends Appeal’s India trekking team. She will be raising funds for the Royal United Hospital’s Cancer Care Campaign, to say thank you to the NHS and RUH for the care received by her family over the years.

Lindsey describes her family’s journey so far: “My family are pretty well known for our experiences with cancer over the years, with many ups and downs and every other emotion in between. I myself have had Hodgkins Lymphoma twice and spent a long time in and out of hospital from 1996 to 2000. I was successfully treated with a Stem Cell Transplant in late 1999 followed up by a spell of radiotherapy. I am so pleased to say that this is my 15th year of remission and cure; though this has not been without some lasting side effects from so much heavy duty chemo and radiotherapy – which will no doubt make my trek even more challenging!

My dearest Dad (Jim to those who know him, or Lyall to my Scottish half of the family) has also undergone treatment for cancer and is thankfully still with us today, sharing in my excitement for India.

In a cruel twist of fate, five years ago, the family lost my lovely mum Enid to bowel cancer. Losing mum was devastating for everyone, especially my Dad as they had shared over fifty years together and raised five children including myself, my three fabulous brothers and my equally fab sister.

If that wasn’t enough, in 2012 we we’re dealt another blow. My lovely husband, also had cancer. He was looked after by the most amazing staff at the RUH, where he underwent major surgery and chemotherapy. They were so caring, supportive and understanding as he faced his own fight. Nearly three years on and I am so happy that he is doing great –another precious family success story. After nearly 21 years together I still love him to bits. He is my world!”

Lindsey continues: “As cancer has touched my family in so many ways, I can think of no better way to say thank you than to help raise funds for a new Cancer Centre at the Hospital in Bath. I have so much to celebrate including my dad and my husband’s health as well as being 15 years cancer free; all as a result of all the wonderful care we have received. For my own milestone I wanted to do something physically challenging, so when the opportunity to trek through the foothills of the Himalaya’s rose I jumped at the chance! I am fully funding the trip myself so every penny and pound I raise will go directly to the build of this new state of the art Centre at the RUH. It is such an important cause to me as this new Centre will help the lives of so many local families, like my own. The trek is going to be such momentous occasion and I can’t wait to see what India has in store for me!”

Departing in October 2015, The Forever Friends Appeal’s India Dalai Lama challenge, in association with Global Adventure Challenges, is to trek for 67km over five days through this fascinating region of North India at the heart of the world’s highest mountain range. Trekkers will have the unique opportunity to explore the Kingdom of Gaddi (a semi nomadic race who wander the high passes with their cattle) passing through traditional Hindu settlements, Buddhist Monasteries, pine forests and even a glacier with spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains. This incredible challenge will end with time to explore the incomparable Taj Mahal, the greatest monument to love ever built!

To support Lindsay’s trek and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign please visit her online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/Lindsey-Hobbs.

If you would like to join Lindsay and travel to Northern India to raise funds towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital (or another department in the hospital of your choice) please get in touch with Events Fundraiser, Laura on 01225 821535 / laurapearce1@nhs.net or visit our India Trek page for more information. Places for the trek will be closing on Thursday 30th April so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

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