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Challenge Story – Trekfest

"Team Bapou" took on the "Trek Fest" challenge - a trek 54 miles across the Brecon Beacons in South Wales - in memory of their Bapou Antonis

In November 2014, our Granddad was admitted to St Christopher’s Hospice where he spent 4 weeks before sadly passing away. During this time, he was provided with amazing support and care by the staff at St Christopher’s Hospice, as well as the rest of the family. Whilst we sat by his side every day, we never felt rushed to leave but always welcomed with a smile and given unlimited support.

The entire St Christopher’s team made sure our Granddad kept his dignity and never made him or our family feel like anything was too much to ask. He spent his last birthday in the hospice and they made sure it was a special one with a cake, birthday cards and family around him.

They made a very distressful and sad time for us as comforting as possible, providing support before and after our Granddad passed away completely free of charge. Without St Christopher’s nurses and their service provided to us, this period of our lives would have been so much harder to cope with.

The hospice made our final goodbyes to a great man with a huge heart as peaceful as possible.

We decided that anything we could do to repay them as a small gesture of our appreciation and thanks, was something we were only too happy to do.

So they may continue to provide palliative care for other patients and their families just like us.

So what did we do?

Five of us joined together as “Team Bapou” (Bapou means Granddad in Greek to those who are wondering!) to raise as much money as we could for St Christopher’s.

We signed up with “Trek Fest” to trek 54 miles across the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, which later we discovered is the training ground of the SAS!

As you can imagine, this was an extreme physical workout and a psychologically taxing challenge, crossing the highest peaks in South Wales including Pen y Fan which is 886m high!

A little crazy some would say, but nevertheless this was an amazing experience of which we’ll never forget!

We were completely overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity and support to us and together we raised over £7000 for St Christopher’s! Completely smashing our target of £2200, we couldn’t be happier!

Rest in peace our dear Bapou Antonis and long live St Christopher’s!!!

With all our love, from your grandchildren and the rest of your ever growing family.

"Team Bapou" raised over £7,000 for St Christopher’s, thank you!

Bapou Antonis