In July 2019 my husband Mark lost his brave and courageous fight after being diagnosed with a Brain Tumour in March 2017. Since Mark’s diagnosis, as a family we have raised over £25,000 for Brain Tumour research and Strathcarron Hospice through various fund-raising events. Covid has impacted further fund-raising over the last few years.
Mark spent the last 3 months of his life in Strathcarron Hospice. I have so much admiration for the compassion, care and kindness Mark received, it truly is a place run by ‘Angels’. I also want to highlight and raise awareness of this horrendous disease. Recently, you may have seen Tom Parker from the group ‘The Wanted‘ campaign for more research for a cure for Brain Tumours, like Mark, he has been diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Brain Tumour. Tessa Jewell, the conservative MP, also lost her life to this disease. Her family now run a support programme to help more people and their families cope with life after a Brain Tumour diagnosis. I may not have the same profile, but I will continue to do all I can to promote awareness and plea for more funds to be provided to help find a cure.
Now it's my turn to give something back to Strathcarron Hospice. There was one country Mark always wanted to visit, that was Vietnam, it was always on his bucket list.
So, on 12th November 2022 I will be cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia over 10 days. Throughout the next year I will be holding various fund-raising events to raise funds to enable me to complete this journey for Mark. He will see Vietnam through my eyes. ( Infact our eyes as my son Callum, my brother-in-law Peter and my niece Katelyn will be joining me. )
This challenge is to raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice to help more people receive the best of care in their final days. I will also be using this challenge to highlight the importance for finding a cure for Brain Tumours. Every penny makes a difference and would be gratefully received. Please can I ask you to share this link and help support an amazing charity.

For Mark, his bucket list and keeping his legacy alive.

Marie Stephen