As I said in an earlier post, once we have lost someone close, subsequent losses can bring things back up to the surface. This week I lost a friend, the wonderful Claire McKenzie, and her husband John has joined the club that none of us want to be in. Claire was an amazing support to me after Tim died.
I and a group of friends will be raising money for Ashgate Hospice, her home for the last week of her life. I'm going to (virtually) row the channel and back. Carrie, who set up the fundraiser, is walking 150 miles in 28 days, the equivalent distance from Tideswell to her old workplace in Soho. That's an average of just over five miles a day - come rain, hail or snow. Fi, Alice, Ged, Peter and Beth will all be taking part in Ashgate's High Peak Trail walk. There will be more challenges through the year.
If reading The Widow's Handbook has struck a chord with you, and if you can, please consider donating to Team Tidza 2022: Celebrating our friend Claire McKenzie.
I was widowed at 50 when Tim, who I expected would be my happy-ever-after following a marriage break-up, died suddenly from heart failure linked to his type 2 diabetes. Though we'd known each other since our early 20s, we'd been married less than ten years.