At the end of 2019, Danny Sadler’s mum Rosetta was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and has since been under the care of our Care at Home team. As well as acting as a carer for his mum, Danny has been keen to find a way in which he could help the hospice in our 40th Anniversary Year and the care that his mum receives, as well as future patients and their families. 

Danny (right) with his mum and brother

From Monday 1st February, Danny, who is originally from Seaford, will be challenging himself to complete seven marathons in seven days around Colchester, where he now lives. Here, he tells us more about it:

‘This past year has been incredibly hard for my family, but we have been very impressed with the care that my mum has received by the Care at Home team and Olivia, who is charge of Mum’s care. We have been acting as carers for her, so when we suggest something that we think will make her life easier or more comfortable it’s always sorted by the next day.

‘My mum is such a kind and bubbly woman. Our family is from Seaford and before she was diagnosed she was the land lady of The Wellington pub, so she is really popular and liked by everyone. She is stern and stubborn, too, which I hope will come out in me while I’m doing my challenge.

Rosetta with Danny's son

‘I’ve been wanting to help in some way for quite a while now. I ran a marathon last year and felt it went quite well and then, while I was on a run, I came up with the idea to do one each day for seven days.

‘I’m looking forward to it. It will be a good challenge for myself and it will spur me on knowing that what I’m doing will help people like my mum. I’m glad to be in a position to be able do something like this.’

Danny has been training for the last two weeks and has already raised over £2,880. It costs £40 for our Community team to visit a patient, like Rosetta, at home and £400 for a patient to receive a day of care in our Inpatient Unit, so this incredible amount of money will make a huge difference. 

We wish Danny the best of luck with his challenge and we will be following his updates on his JustGiving page here, where you can also leave a donation if you wish to support him.