A large group of friends and family are taking on the Three Peaks Challenge this weekend in memory of a much-loved Southport husband who died after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 29.
Stuart ‘Stu’ Hooper, a chartered civil engineer, married wife Jade last Summer, and they had moved into a house together. As a happy young couple, their future looked bright.
They should have been celebrating their first wedding anniversary on Monday (August 24).
But tragically Stuart died from cancer in May. He was just 31 years old.
Jade is now determined to do something positive in Stuart’s memory.
She has teamed up with Stuart’s Best Men, Mark Draper and Luke Ayres, and Stuart’s Mum Dee Hooper in urging people to help them to raise as much money as possible for Queenscourt Hospice in Southport, to thank them for the excellent care they gave her beloved husband.
Mark and Luke have organised for Jade and Dee and family and friends to undertake a gruelling climb up the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.
They include: Ben Nevis (1,345 m or 4,413 ft), the highest mountain in Scotland; Scafell Pike (978m or 3,209 ft), the highest mountain in England; and Mount Snowdon (1,085 m or 3,560 ft), the highest mountain in Wales.
Mark Draper, who set up the appeal, said: “Many of you know Queenscourt Hospice provided formidable support to both Stuart and his family during his time struggling with illness; the same for many families across the local area.
“This is a charity close to Stuart and his family’s heart and is most definitely a worthy course, so please dig deep and donate some money!”
Stuart was an avid sportsman, who loved football, cycling and running.
Mark said: “Stu liked his walking, having done the National 3 Peaks himself and Mount Kilimanjaro (Kili to him), Africa’s highest mountain, in Tanzania.
“As a result a large group consisting of friends and family are attempting the National 3 Peaks Challenge.
“This consists of climbing the highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) all within 24 hours (including travel between peaks). This will be a difficult task ahead!
“Please donate anything you can, all the support will be greatly appreciated.”
Queenscourt is a local charity, with a hospice based on Town Lane in Kew in Southport.
It provides support for the people of West Lancashire, Southport and Formby.
Staff and volunteers care for patients with serious illnesses, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life at each new stage. They help to do this both in the Hospice and at Home through their In-Patient unit, Queenscourt Connect and Queenscourt at Home services.
Queenscourt receives less than a fifth of its costs from the NHS and the rest of the money comes from charitable donations that help keep the hospice running.
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