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Steeplechase Success for Big C

“Big C’s support has kept my mum going, so in return 20 of my colleagues are taking on a series of challenges this summer to raise money for the charity. We’ve even got our own personal fitness trainer!”

At least three team members from Quotatis, a consumer and business quotation company based in Horsham St Faith, have been affected by cancer and sought support from Big C.

On Saturday (June 3rd), a 20-strong team, which represents half the firm’s employees, took part in the Inspire Races Steeplechase Derby at Great Witchingham, facing muddy terrain, water wades and 50 obstacles to raise £2,360 for Big C. Entrants could choose from three distances 15km, 10km or 5km.

The Quotatis team were well prepared for the Steeplechase Derby thanks to their very own trainer, Jordan Hipperson from Norwich based Perfit Fitness, who donated 14 sessions and completed the 15km race himself finishing in 1st place!


 

Jack Lenton, Sales Manager at Quotatis said, “We had such a great day and the sense of achievement for myself and the team put us on cloud nine. Jordan was a brilliant motivation and I am so proud of the team for their success on the day and for some fantastic fundraising. Our next challenge as a team is a Toughmudder challenge for the charity later in the year!”

Peter Jervis, Managing Director at Quotatis said, “Quotatis is proud to be raising money for such a worthwhile charity. Cancer can affect anyone at any time, as several of our team members have found out. Fundraising for Big C means that we can support a great local charity and help to battle this terrible disease that can affect us all.”


 

Chris Wiseman, Digital Marketing Manager at Quotatis, lost his Grandad in 2011 and is currently supporting his Mum through her fight with cancer.

Chris told us why he was keen to raise money for the charity, “My Grandad lost his second battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2010 and during this time, Big C was a godsend to my parents when Grandad died.”

 

Four years later, Chris’ Mum Debbie was then diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine check. Luckily her diagnosis was quick and she was able to catch it very early on.

 

“When I first heard about her diagnosis I was devastated. I’ll always remember having to have that conversation with her; it was one of the worst days of my life. It meant a massive change for her. In addition to dealing with the cancer, there were complications with her diabetes and it really put a lot of stress on my Mum.

 

However, during my Mum’s radiotherapy sessions she attended one of the Big C’s ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ pamper sessions and came away feeling invigorated for her battle ahead; and both of my parents have been treated to relaxing massages. Whenever I’ve spoken to Mum after a visit to the Big C Centre, she’s always come away feeling a million dollars, I’m thankful to the Big C for putting a smile on my Mum’s face.”

 

After a course of radiotherapy and some other treatments, a year later, Debbie was in remission. Having beaten breast cancer in 2015, Chris’ Mum Debbie was then diagnosed with secondary cancer in both lungs, something that, whilst manageable with drugs and treatment, is not curable. The doctors haven’t been able to identify the primary as yet but fortunately, the secondary cancer in her lungs isn’t progressing.

 

Before Debbie was diagnosed with cancer, she suffered from different aliments which have caused added complications and challenges to her cancer journey. Debbie has to have monthly injections and regular scans which unfortunately always fall in December. As a result, Christmas time has been a challenge for the family for few years now. Debbie frequently struggles with the side effects because of both her cancer and diabetes treatments.

Despite her diagnosis, Debbie still works full time as a Teaching Assistant in a school where she has worked for 23 years. One thing that helped Debbie keep going is the support she recieved. Over the years Big C has been a huge help to Chris' family, providing information on various treatments, including help with care arrangements and palliative care. 

 


Chris said: “More recently Big C has been a big help with my Mum getting travel insurance so she can actually have a holiday overseas. Going away on holiday every year has always been special to my Mum and more so now than ever. However, having terminal cancer makes things complicated. Big C have found various places she can go that will allow her to have that all-important travel insurance cover. So now, for two weeks in the year, my Mum can feel normal. She ensures that she delays her treatment whilst she’s on holiday which means she can be free of side effects and enjoy herself, and once she’s home, her treatment re-begins. As you can imagine her holiday is a big thing for her.”

 

Chris has also received support from Big C at various points to help him cope with his Mum’s prognosis:

 

“I think the biggest thing is knowing there’s always somewhere you can go to get some advice and enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit, to simply talk with people who understand what you are going through, which actually makes all the difference in the world. Knowing someone is there has been a big support in itself. I’ve struggled with depression since Mum has been diagnosed and Big C has helped me a lot. They know exactly what I’m talking about. All my friends have been great but they don’t know what it’s like to go through something like this so it’s been good to have someone who understands.”
 



Jack Lenton has also had a close family member diagnosed with breast cancer in the past. Following his very respectable 7th place in the 15km Steeplechase, Jack is also taking on the Three Peaks Challenge for Big C later this month.

Jack said, “Big C is very important to me and helped my family talk about the elephant in the room that so many people would avoid because they didn’t know how to approach the conversation. Having that conversation about treatment and people listening and understanding the whole process she was going through helped her feel like she wasn’t against the world on her own. The Big C lifted a huge weight off her shoulders and helped ease the switch from being in hospital to normal social environments by attending tea and cake events and just having normal conversations with people. That helped her get back to normal every day and working life.”

 
Clive Evans, Director of Income Generation and Communications for Big C, said, “Congratulations to Jack, Chris and the whole team at Quotatis for an amazing achievement at the Steeplechase Derby and their ongoing fundraising efforts. Without vital support such as theirs, we couldn’t continue our work to ensure local people affected by cancer have free expert support and guidance and to fund ground-breaking cancer research and medical equipment in Norfolk and Waveney.”


Organisers of the Steeplechase Derby, Inspire Races director, Sally Jane Redington, said “What a wonderful team achievement. Many congratulations to all at Quotatis, who perfectly represent what the Steeplechase is all about; fun, fitness and raising money for a great cause.”

Inspired to follow in the Quotatis team’s footsteps and fundraise for Big C? Steeplechase is back in Great Witchingham on Sunday 28th October, with over 50 obstacles per 5km!
For more information or to enter for Big C, please visit http://www.big-c.co.uk/Events/steeplechase-october-2017.aspx



 

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