The Three Peaks 500 - Anthony's 500 mile fundraiser for Brainstrust
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I was to do a 500 mile run in 10 days, in August 2023: from Ben Nevis in Scotland, to Scafell in the Lakes, to Snowdon in Wales, but tragically my running partner died in an accident. I am continuing to run this in August, in her memory, but also in the memory of Seth Dickenson who we were running for originally - to raise as much as we can for Brainstrust UK - one of the two charities that did so much for Seth and his family.
In my late running partner - Debbie Austin's words:
"I've had the privilege of knowing the Dickensons since before they became the Dickensons!
I worked with James back when we were in our 20s, down in Cornwall, for the National Trust. During that time Sam came to volunteer and they fell in love.
Around 2003 we all went our separate ways, not knowing what life would send us. Fast forward to around 2012 and I bumped into Sam at Bentley wood fair, and there we were, both living in Kent! Not just Kent, Maidstone! and so our friendship was rekindled.
In December 2013 little Sethy Boo entered the world with a bang! In the Dickensons kitchen! He was throwing himself into life even then!
In December 2017 the worst news came, when Seth was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After surgery and treatment he was given the all clear in October 2018. Then in February 2020 the devastating news came that his cancer had returned, and this time it was fatal.
But Seth was a warrior of the highest order, and part of a family where fomo is a major factor. These guys know how to squeeze every last drop out of life. Despite many dips and subsequent rallies he very sadly passed away in May 2021.
Before Seth died I had decided I wanted to do something epic, to raise money for the two charities that had done so much for him and his family. The Brainstrust, who support individuals and families dealing with Brain cancer, and Little Harbour hospice, part of the Children's Hospice South West, where he spent many happy months during his hardest times.
And so the Three Peaks 500 challenge was born. 500 miles in 10 days. Starting at Ben Nevis, heading over to Scafell, and finishing at Snowdon. Who better to do this challenge with me than my very long time friend Anthony (we've known each other since we were 5) who has shared many long-distance events with me, though nothing quite on this level!
We plan to start in August 2022. We will have two support crews, to keep us fed and watered through the challenge.
We are training hard for it now and want to raise as much money as possible. So please donate and pass this on. These charities need this money to keep giving the amazing service they do to all the other Sethy boos and Dickensons out there.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and read this."
Your kind donations and fantastic fundraising efforts ensures that brainstrust can deliver vital services to support the brain tumour community. Thanks to you, we are able to operate our 24/7 helpline and personalised coaching services 365 days a year. To reach as many people as possible during this isolating period, we are regularly hosting a variety of essential and informative online workshops which can be accessed through our website: brainstrust.org.uk.