One of Pilgrims Hospices’ most daring fundraisers, Ty Smith from Folkestone, continues to reach new heights in his plans to raise £50,000 for the local charity in memory of his mother, Heather.
The former Kent Royal Marine Commando recently summited two technically demanding alpine peaks in Bolivia, successfully climbing Huayna Potosi (6,088m) and Illimani (6,438m) in the space of just 11 days.
On completing the latest of several extreme climbs including the Matterhorn last year, Ty said: “There is nothing worse than the bitter feeling of loss, missing someone you will never see again. However, I have turned this feeling into one of ambition, having made a promise to climb Mount Everest in memory of my mum. I’ve been determined to succeed since then. I’ve had some setbacks but never gave up, so I’m proud I can now move on to the all important next steps towards climbing Everest in aid of Pilgrims Hospices.”
There is nothing worse than the bitter feeling of loss, missing someone you will never see again. However, I have turned this feeling into one of ambition, having made a promise to climb Mount Everest in memory of my mum.
After suffering from a sudden stroke, a scan revealed that Ty’s mother had a tumour. Whilst she was in surgery, Ty returned from overseas to be at his mother’s side and was told that her tumour was an aggressive form of cancer and that she was terminally ill.
With the support of Pilgrims’ dedicated community nursing team, the family were able to care for Heather in the comfort of her own home, until she passed away holding Ty’s hand.
Community Fundraising Manager for Pilgrims’ Ashford hospice, Victoria Friar, said “Ty’s determination and bravery is so inspiring. His efforts have already raised enough to cover more than a month of the expert end-of-life nursing care, which our charity provides throughout east Kent. A huge thank you to Ty and all of his generous sponsors.”
Ty feels extremely lucky to be in a position to pay back Pilgrims Hospices for their care, adding: ‘‘No matter how hard things get and no matter what is thrown at you, if you go through it smiling you’ll come out stronger. What better way to raise money and awareness for Pilgrims Hospices than by climbing the highest mountain in the world to be close to my mum.”
You can show your support for Ty by sponsoring him at justgiving.com/summitmanuk.
If you’re feeling inspired by Ty’s story, Pilgrims offer an amazing selection of challenges each year so you, too, can go the extra mile for local hospice car. Visit pilgrimshospices.org/events to find out more.
Planning a different challenge? Contact your local fundraising team to let us know all about it so that we can support you.