Hospice fund-raiser helps inspire others

Ashleigh Tilbrook (left) who raised more than ?1,200 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, presenting a cheque to hospice events and challenges fund-raiser Jenny Baskett ANL-141218-140949001
Ashleigh Tilbrook (left) who raised more than ?1,200 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, presenting a cheque to hospice events and challenges fund-raiser Jenny Baskett ANL-141218-140949001
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A Tuddenham woman who raised £1,200 for a local charity last month is set to inspire others to fund-raise after it asked her to act as an ambassador.

Ashleigh Tilbrook, 20, raised £1,211 for St Nicholas Hospice Care which supported both her grandfathers through battles with cancer.

She was recently contacted by the hospice who asked her to act as an ambassador, helping the charity to inspire others to take on fund-raising challenges.

“When I got the email from them asking me to help I wanted to cry with happiness,” she said. “It is so heart-warming that I can help so many more people.”

Ashleigh’s first hospice fund-raiser didn’t go exactly to plan. After intially signing up for the Great Barrow Challenge, to complete four marathons in four days, the hairdresser twisted her ankle and had to pull out after the first race.

Determined to fulfil her promises to the hospice, Ashleigh signed up for the Nuclear Blackout Run in Brentwood, Essex, tackling 31 obstacles in the pitch black in the 6km challenge.

Ashleigh said: “After my ankle injury I felt like I had let everyone down by not competing, so I thought if I do this obstacle race I am putting a few more miles on my total.

“People gave so generously. I think because it is a really local charity, more people locally have a story with them and that brings it home a bit.

“I loved every minute of the obstacle course, but it was the hardest thing I have ever done - so emotionally and physically draining. And it took three showers to get the dirt out of my hair afterwards!”

Ashleigh puts her determination down to the kindness of the hospice’s nurses, who cared for one of her grandfathers in its facility at West Suffolk Hospital and the other in his home.

“The hospice helped me and my family so much through all of it, and did so much for my granddads.”

On December 8, hospice events and challenges fund-raiser Jenny Baskett received a cheque from Ashleigh for her fund-raising total.

“To have raised more than £1,200 in sponsorship is really impressive, so we are very grateful to Ashleigh for all her hard work.”