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Bike ride in memory of Grantham mum

By Rachel Pishhorn

Adam Lilley with his mum, Jean Godber.
Adam Lilley with his mum, Jean Godber.

The son of a woman who died from lung cancer is preparing to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in memory of his mum.

Adam Lilley, 29, wants to raise at least £2,000 for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice after staff there cared for his mum in her final days.

Jean Godber died on November 19, 2014 in the hospice at Grantham and District Hospital, aged 71.

Adam said: “It was a massive shock for us all when mum was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012. She handled it all with such grace and had a fantastic attitude; she was determined to battle the cancer head on.

“And for a while this seemed to be working as the chemotherapy and radiotherapy drove the cancer away.”

After a year in remission, Jean began to feel unwell and in June 2014 she was told the cancer had returned and, this time, it had spread into her back.

In early November, Jean was admitted into the Hospice in the Hospital after receiving the sad news that the cancer was terminal.

Adam said: “It was such a heartbreaking time for us all and so difficult watching her deteriorate but the homely feel of the hospice and the caring nature of the staff helped to make this time easier.

“I was overwhelmed at how well mum was looked after and the staff always ensured that she was comfortable, nothing was ever too much trouble.”

To say thanks, Adam and a group of friends will take on a 900-mile bike ride on July 18, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The money Adam and his friends raise will go towards the care and support of patients and their families who are living with a life-limiting illness.

Adam concluded: “The loss of my mum has been the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with and I am still adapting to life without her.

“This bike ride is a wonderful opportunity for me to remember my mum and I know that wherever she is, she’ll be smiling down on me.”

Sponsor Adam at www.justgiving.com/Adam-Lilley2


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