A Haverhill family is taking their fund-raising efforts to new heights in memory of a much-loved relative
A team of family and friends has set out to complete a series of endurance activities to raise money and awareness for two charities in memory of a ‘selfless’ and ‘well-loved’ Haverhill mum-of-two.
Calling itself MICA Travels, the group has formulated the programme of challenges to support AMMF the Cholangiocarcinoma Charity and The UK Sepsis Trust.
Everything is being done in memory of Carol Hall, who died on September 28, aged 63, six months after being diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer, a condition that also leads to sepsis and is very rare.
The name MICA comes from the merging of part of two names; Carol and Mike, her husband of 38 years, who lives in Lundy Close, Haverhill.
Mike, who had known his wife for more than 50 years, and their sons Peter and Ben, plus their respective wives Jaz and Alicia, and other family and friends, decided to embark on a series of outdoor challenges to create lasting legacy to Carol.
In December they aim to ascend and descend all 214 Lake District fells (The Wainwrights), but already they have begun a ‘Lockdown Challenge’, to complete 2,000 miles collectively on bicycle or on foot by December 2.
Mike said: “Up until six months ago I was heading into retirement and our lives were suddenly shattered like a broken glass on the floor and we can never put it back together.
“Three months is the life expectancy of cholangiocarcinoma from the diagnosis and she managed six and that was a complete shock.
“It’s well documented that there are no symptoms for it and when there are it is too late to do anything about it.”
Mike and Carol, who had once been a teaching assistant at Coupals Primary School, were lovers of the outdoor life, hence the nature of the challenges - all of which can be seen on the specially created website, micatravels.co.uk.
Of his late wife, Mike said: “She was well loved and liked but also she was very private.
“She didn’t like the limelight but she was very selfless. She would probably be a little taken aback at what is going on in her name.
“We will be climbing up every mountain with her in our hearts. “If we can save one life in Carol’s memory it’s worth doing it all.”