Mountains for Mum – Shona to walk the Welsh 3000s

Local primary school teacher will take on the welsh mountains to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

Shona Whitaker, 25 from Llandudno has set herself the Welsh 3000s Challenge to raise funds for St David’s Hospice in memory of her beloved mother.

Based in Llandudno, the local adult hospice provides palliative care to those with advanced illnesses and in need of end of life care.

Sadly Shona recently lost her mother Marian Whitaker to cancer on the 29th June this year and has experienced first-hand the care at St David’s.

Shona explains:  “Mum was a healthy, active and energetic lady who lived life to its fullest.

“In January 2018 she started to feel unwell and tired easily. What was soon diagnosed as jaundice, then became gallbladder cancer and the worst news of all, terminal liver cancer. We were told she had weeks, possibly months left to live.

“Just sixteen months before this mum was trekking in Nepal and just 7 months before she was on her annual trip to an orphanage in Uganda. This news was a huge shock.

“Mum lost her battle with cancer just four months after her diagnosis. I witnessed the incredibly tough battle she had with cancer and I have chosen to do this challenge in memory of her.”

She continues:

“I am raising money for St David’s Hospice, who provided mum with weekly therapy sessions involving crafts, massages and lunch in addition to a medical assessment, all for free. She said they treated her like a queen!

“In her last few weeks, nurses visited her at home and she was given her own room at the Hospice for her last two days, where she received amazing care by their attentive staff.

“I know this will be extremely difficult both physically and emotionally, but with the help of my partner and support of my family I am passionate about achieving this goal.”

With her boyfriend Will Williams by her side, Shona aims to trek to the summit of all 15 of the mountains over 3000ft in Wales, all within the space of 24hours. It will cover over 30 miles on foot and ascend a total of 14,000ft including the Snowdon range, Carneddau and Glyders.

The walk will take place in August and it has already raised £1272.29 so far. To sponsor Shona and to help her reach her target of £3000 for St David’s Hospice go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mountainsformum

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