15 Jan 2021 Community
Rob Thewlis’ Mission 3,000 for 2021!
Rob Thewlis has been a dedicated supporter with The Kirkwood for over 10 years and since his mum, Susan, was cared for at the end of her life back in 2016, Rob has made it his mission to give back in any way he could.
Rob Thewlis, who lives in Huddersfield, has witnessed first-hand the care and support our teams provide for families affected by a life limiting illness when his mum, Susan, was cared for at the end of her life.
Rob said: “As a family, we accessed The Kirkwood’s services in April 2016. My mum spent a week on the In-Patient Unit before her passing. I’ve always had a soft spot for the hospice, but you don’t really get a true feeling until you’ve been through those doors.
Rob's mum, Susan
“The care my mum received was amazing. The care we received was amazing. They made my mum look so at peace and comfortable, it just made everything so much easier to cope with.”
Since experiencing our services, giving back has become a really important part of Rob’s life.
Rob attended his first fundraising event with us back in 2010; taking part in our Midnight Memory Walk in memory of his sister Katie. Rob has since completed the Midnight Memory Walk every year along with organising his own fundraisers to raise vital funds.
Rob added: “I started fundraising for The Kirkwood in 2010 with my first Midnight Memory Walk. I decided to walk in memory of my sister, Katie, who passed away in 2009. I loved the experience so much that I returned the year after and every year since.
“For me, it’s not just about the event. It’s the community feel, the warmth and loving feeling you get when greeted. I’ve now taken part in 10 Midnight Memory Walk events and two Colour Rush events. The Kirkwood has such a big place in the hearts of everyone.”
Rob and friend at the 2018 Midnight Memory Walk
Many of our much-loved fundraising events have sadly been cancelled or postponed over the last 12 months due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and Rob made it his mission to do whatever he could to support The Kirkwood throughout the pandemic.
“I decided to host some virtual quiz nights on Facebook for my friends and family at the start of the pandemic. I planned on popping a donation link on the virtual event to see if people wanted to donate. Before I knew it, we were 10 weeks in and over £1,000 raised!
“Life then went a little bit back to normal as restrictions eased in the summer, so I decided to hang up my fundraising coat until two months later when I was back with the 12 Days of Christmas prize draw.
“The support I have received from all my family, friends and local business owners has been really overwhelming. 12 prizes quickly turned into 36 prizes and the 400 tickets we initially planned on selling when within five days! We ended up selling 1,020 tickets which took our total raised for 2020 to £2,308.
“The support received from companies, businesses and people purchasing tickets during such unprecedented times has overwhelmed me so much, I am eternally grateful to them. I am doing my best to support a local charity which I am so passionate about, but I am just a small part of a bigger picture, and I couldn't have raised so much without the amazing support.”
After such a successful year in 2020, Rob is determined to make this year’s fundraising bigger and better with the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic.
Rob with his mum, Susan
“I was planning an exciting Big Easter Raffle but due to the country heading into Lockdown three, the plan is currently on hold until the summer. Restrictions dependent, I will be running the Manchester Marathon in October 2021. My aim this year is to raise £3,000 which I’m calling Mission 3,000!”
You can support Rob on his mission to reach £3,000 in 2021 by visiting his JustGiving page by clicking here.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Rob for his support over the last 10 years and especially in the last 12 months. Rob’s dedication not only helps to raise thousands for patient care, it helps to raise awareness of the care we provide and how we are here to support life for people affected by a life limiting illness across Kirklees.
We would also like to extend our thanks to all the businesses and local people that have supported Rob’s fundraising along the way.
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