Laura Graham As most of you know I lost my mum this time last year to cancer, she was only 53. Strathcarron not only looked after mum phenomenally well in her final few weeks, but they looked after my dad, aunty and I too (we stayed there every night for the best part of two weeks and they dragged multiple mattresses into mums room for us, they force fed us porridge and toast every morning, and even tried to ply my dad with whiskeys on several nights!). Before mum went into Strathcarron I always thought of hospices as scary places, but it was the polar opposite of that, we were made to feel like family and I really cant even begin to tell you what an incredible place it is, and how amazing the staff are. One of the nurses that looked after mum came into my work to buy makeup a few weeks ago and not only did she remember who I was almost a year later, but was asking for my dad and aunty by name, and even remembered what kind of shampoo mum used! Now you think how many patients she's nursed since mum last July, how many families she's comforted through the worst times of their lives and she still stood there and blethered to me like I was an old friend! These nurses are another level of incredible! You may have seen on the news recently that Strathcarron was at risk of losing some of it's funding from one of the local councils, and it breaks my heart to think that that might mean that people in the same position as mum was wont get as good care in their final weeks. It costs £12,900 a dday to keep Strathcarron going, so in honour of my mum on the first anniversary of her passing I'm going to abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge, and then 7 weeks later throw myself off the Finnieston crane to zipslide the Clyde to try and raise funds for this amazing place and I'd be extremely grateful if any of you want to sponsor me in these acts of pure stupidity! Laura Graham