16th October 2012 – Runner raises money in Mum’s memory
A son, who lost his mum earlier this year to a brain tumour, has raised over £2,000 for Castleberg Hospital to help support the people who cared for her.
David Candlin, 27, ran the 70 mile Cumbrian Way in the Lake District in under 24 hours this summer to raise cash for equipment at the hospital and to raise the Giggleswick hospitals profile.
Denise Candlin died of a brain tumour on January 24 this year at the North Yorkshire hospital.
Mr Candlin said that his 57-year-old mum, who had lived in Austwick, had been a ‘perfectly healthy’ woman and that her illness had come as a shock.
He said: “She was initially diagnosed with an inner ear infection and told that she would get better but after several weeks of deteriorating poor health she was taken for a brain scan which revealed a large tumour on the front right hand side of her brain.
“This was later diagnosed, four days before Christmas, as a type 4, terminal brain tumour with a zero per cent chance of survival.”
But he said that after having surgery his mum spent her last days at the Castleberg Hospital, where he said that the staff were ‘inspirational’.
“The way in which they looked after my mum was fantastic and they did everything to make her comfortable.
“They also offered lots of support to me and the rest of the family and they are still offering that help and support now.
“Following my mum’s death, I just wanted to do something to say thank you,” said Mr Candlin.
Maureen Greenwood, clinical lead at Castleberg Hospital, said that the hospital was ‘over the moon’ with Mr Candlin’s efforts.
“It is a lovely gesture. The money will be used to buy specialist equipment for the hospital where we have ten inpatient beds for people who require end of life care.”