Staff and volunteers at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice are continually inspired by kind-hearted supporters of all ages who do fundraising challenges to help keep the hospice running. Their latest supporter – 11-year-old Cameron Hoffman – is one of the youngest fundraisers to date. Plucky Cameron is preparing to take on the challenge of a triathlon in memory of his mum’s friend Chris and dad’s friend Richie who were both cared for at the hospice. This is his story.
The hospice helps local people who are very poorly. My Mum and Dad have had young friends that have spent their final few weeks of life in the hospice. They were given great care.
Dad’s friend died there in November and it makes me realise I’m lucky to have both of my parents.
My big challenge
I am doing the Cheltenham Tri in the Park Junior Triathlon on Saturday 13th July in memory of Mum’s friend Chris and Dad’s friend Richie. I’m excited to complete my first triathlon.
To train I am going to the gym with my mum and doing outdoor running and cycling. On the day I will swim 200m, cycle 4km and run 1500m.
"Sue Ryder provides fantastic care and the staff are my role models"
My fundraising target was £250 but I’ve already smashed that! I’m now just trying to raise as much as I can. I hope my support will help to make sure the hospice keeps going.
Sue Ryder provides fantastic care, both to patients and their families. I think the staff are amazing, caring and role models.
People say that I’m an inspiration but I’m a normal boy doing a triathlon. I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me and my mum for helping me train.
A word from Mum and Sue Ryder
“My husband and I are just so proud of Cam," said Kay Hoffman, Cameron’s mum. "He is training extremely hard and has already smashed his fundraising target. Our aim now is to get him to the £1,000 mark. We are planning to hold a cake sale at school in July.”
“Cameron is one of our youngest ever supporters and we are really impressed with his hard work and incredible dedication," added Matt Reay, Senior Community Fundraiser (Events) at Leckhampton Court Hospice. "His support helps us to carry on providing our expert and compassionate palliative care so we can be there when it matters for local families.
"Thank you and good luck in the triathlon Cameron!”
You can support Cameron through his JustGiving page
Cheltenham Tri participant
Cameron is taking on the 2019 Cheltenham in memory of his mum’s friend Chris and dad’s friend Richie who were both cared for at his local Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.