Updated: Nov 23, 2022
Ian Gilmour, 27, recently took part in the Wild Deer Triathlon in the Lake District, raising an incredible £882.00 of donations to support local charity, The Haven.
A diagnosis of a life-limiting or long-standing illness can be a traumatic and life changing event, not just for the person living with the illness, but for their entire family.
Ian was inspired to raise funds for The Haven as his mother has a health condition which significantly impacts her daily life. His family has first-hand experience of the positive effect services has on individuals, carers and relatives of those living with life-limiting or long-standing illnesses.
Ian said: “My mum has had Multiple Sclerosis for over 27 years and, although her mobility is poor, it would have been much worse without the support of The Haven. Every day, this incredible charity supports those with debilitating conditions through various support services”.
The Haven Nurses and Wellbeing Practitioners provide practical and emotional support, to help alleviate physical and emotional distress through wellbeing sessions, activity groups and video support calls to adults and young people. The charity also provides information and support at all stages of illness, including bereavement support, and by supporting clients and their families to live life positively with hope – facing the future together.
Finishing at a very respectable 1hour 41minutes, Ian travelled to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, to participate in a range of triathlon activities including swimming, cycling and running.
“I'm not a strong swimmer, cyclist or runner, so the last few months involved some gruelling training. As gruelling as it was, it's nothing compared to the suffering the users experience every day”.
Paul Hayward, Campaigns and Communications Officer for The Haven, said, “It’s with the support of people like, Ian, that The Haven can continue to provide vital support to individuals and families in our local communities. If you would like to find out more about how you can help raise vital funds for The Haven, please visit: www.thehavencentre.com/fundraise”.
The Haven would like to thank, Ian, and those who donated, for their participation, dedication and selfless generosity.
For general information on the support The Haven can offer, please call 01555 811846, email: firstname.lastname@example.org