This is Charlie's dad, Adam.
Charlie is the youngest of my 5 kids, all boys, aged 15, 14, 12, 10 and Charlie, who is 7. Their mum, Eileen, died just over 5 years ago, on the 26th February 2013. She was 46 years old.
A few days ago, I was driving and Charlie was sitting next to me. Suddenly, he said he wanted to raise some money for charity. I said this was very noble of him and asked who he'd like to riase money for.
'You know where Mum died?' He asked
'Yes, Roxburghe House'
'I'd like to raise some money for them'
We eventually settled on a challenge, which he suggested. He would like to walk multiple crossings of the Tay Road Bridge, during a 10 hour period, between 8:00am and 6:00pm. The bridge is just short of 1.5 miles long and the pedestrianised bit is around 1.3 miles. How many lengths Charlie will do is anyone's guess. He has chosen to do this on what would have been his Mum's 52nd birthday; 25th August 2018.
Roxburghe House is a Specialist Palliative Care Unit, situated at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Dundee . It’s staffed by an extremely dedicated team, ensuring the most dignified and respectful end of life care. Eileen spent the last week of her life there, having been a patient in the Cancer Unit at Ninewells Hopital, Dundee since November 2011. The staff looking after Eileen were out of this world. The palliative care given to her was second to none, ensuring Eileen's last days were free from pain. We have often been back to Roxburghe House and visited The Sanctuary, close to the room where Eileen died, particularly at Christmas where, coupled with the obvious tears, happy memories are recounted and shared.
Charlie hopes to raise some money for Roxburghe House, a place which he has obviously built up a special affection for.
Thank you for reading this far.