Sophie Hodges, 19, from Keinton Mandeville was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2013 and has been having treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital. From the point of diagnosis Sophie and her family have been supported by CLIC Sargent.
Sophie, a keen eventer, had to give up her passion for horse riding when she was first diagnosed. She is now back competing at local events while she receives her treatment much closer to home at Taunton Musgrove Park Hospital. Here Sophie is supported by specialist outreach nurse Andre and Lin, a CLIC Sargent Social Worker.
Keen to give something back, Sophie's dad, Nick organised a music fundraiser which featured Dorset band The Decatonics and raised a fantastic £6,900 for CLIC Sargent.
Boyed by the success of this event Nick decided to undertake The Three Peaks Challenge with a group of friends who all jumped at the chance to climb the three highest mountains in Britain in 24 hours! Again, with the support of the village the climbers managed to raise over £3,000 for CLIC Sargent with more to come in.
Nick said: "The event was just amazing, pretty much the whole village came out to support us and it was brilliant. I just wanted to raise as much money as possible for CLIC Sargent because they have been so amazing.
You just don't realise how good they are until you suddenly need them. When you get that diagnosis it's like your world ends. But CLIC Sargent sat us down and talked us through all the treatment, and it just became a little bit more bearable. They gave us some money to help with the fuel costs driving to and from hospital.
But mainly they just do so much work to reassure us and to make Sophie's time in hospital just a little bit better – nothing is ever too much trouble for them."
Area Fundraising Manager for CLIC Sargent, Kiren Fernandes, said: “We are absolutely staggered by the phenomenal amount of money that Nick and the Keinton Mandeville community have raised. It is so fantastic to see the community stand behind Nick and his family in a show of solidarity. On behalf of CLIC Sargent I would like to thank Nick, his family and Keniton Manderville for their support."
Find out more
If you’re interested in fundraising and are based in Bristol and Somerset contact your local CLIC Sargent Kiren Fernandes on firstname.lastname@example.org.