Mark’s wife and daughters take on his hospice challenge

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A mother and two daughters are taking on a reading challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, after the challenge’s founder died earlier this month.

Melanie Pusey lost her husband Mark, 50, to renal cancer on August 9, before he had time to reach the ‘50 more books’ target he had set in July.

Mark Pusey

Mark Pusey

Now Melanie and her daughters Charlotte, seven, and Sophie, five, are picking up where Mark left off, in tribute to him and to raise funds.

“Mark launched his 50 More Books challenge at the beginning of July, but none of us expected he would go so soon,” said Melanie.

“He used to read a book a week before the challenge and was aiming to step that up to two a week, but he was so tired in the last couple of weeks he couldn’t read at all.

“The girls and I want to continue and raise as much money as possible, because it is what Mark would have wanted.”

Mark said he wanted to read 50 more books before he died because he wanted to mark his 50th birthday in August. He loved to read and it was an activity he could do even with his illness.

He was aiming to raise £5,000 for the Bury St Edmunds hospice and had nearly reached £2,500 before he died.

Melanie said: “Mark was so keen to raise funds and to raise awareness of the hospice. I hope people will support me and the girls as we try to finish what he started.”

Waterstones, in the Buttermarket, is supporting the challenge and is donating all the paperbacks, as well as providing a stand displaying the latest book reviews.

A sponsorship form is available for customers who want to support the challenge and donations can also be made online at

Mark’s funeral will take place at 2pm on August 27, at St Mary’s Church, Bury, followed by a private family burial at Culford Woodlands and a wake at the Farmer’s Club, in Bury.

The family have asked for donations to the hospice instead of flowers.