Suzanne Seaman King embarked on a fundraising cycle ride from London to Paris earlier this year, along with her brother, husband and eight friends. Suzanne explains why she does all she can to raise money for St Helena Hospice in memory of her dad…
‘My dad had been fighting a battle with prostate cancer and in December 2012, dad became very ill; we were losing him. The decision to get him into the hospice was made and by early January he was taken into St Helena Hospice by stretcher not knowing much about it.
‘The word hospice to me at that time meant only one thing, the end. But I now know different. Dad was in there for 10 days, and what a wonderful 10 days they were. They turned his life around and he walked out from there head held high.
‘I didn’t want dad to go into the hospice because of what I thought was going to happen, but then I didn’t want him to come out as they had brought my dad back to me and I was scared he would go downhill.
‘Well, he came home, ate for England and improved day after day. My wedding was on 2 March and my dad stood there beside me; it was a very emotional day.
‘Sadly on the 6 July 2013 my dad lost his battle. My heart is still breaking and with my 1st anniversary coming up, it will be hard. But without what St Helena Hospice did for my dad he wouldn’t have got to see me marry the man of my dreams, and he knows I’ll be happy and looked after!
‘The picture of me on my wedding day means so much to me. St Helena Hospice gave me back my dad for six wonderful months, which allowed him to walk me down the aisle and see me on this amazing day.