A radio show host from the Louth area has been gunged to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice, following the death of several loved ones
Liz Mapleston, a radio show host from the Louth area, has bravely taken on a slimy challenge to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice, following the death of friends and family members, including her mum and grandma.
Since losing her grandma five years ago, Liz has been using the St Barnabas bereavement services at their Louth Day Therapy Centre, and wanted to give something back to the charity which has helped her so much.
Liz’s grandma sadly died in August 2013, from chronic kidney disease and heart failure. Earlier on this year, her close friend also sadly died. This came as a huge shock to Liz, as she had been unaware of his illness.
“Thinking about him now, he would be laughing his head off at me getting gunged in his memory. He would have loved to have been here to watch, and would definitely have thrown the first bucket!
“Having lost all of my family, I understand how unique people are in coping with bereavement, and that no two people go about it in the same way. St Barnabas has let me go at my own pace, and I feel a lot stronger because of it.
“My true inspirations in life are my mum and my grandma. To honour their memory and support more people in my situation, I decided to become a Family Support Services volunteer at St Barnabas Hospice.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to give something back to a charity that has helped me so much, and in a way, I’m using my own experiences to help others. I’m hoping that my fundraising will help them in other ways too.
Liz has previously done charity walks for the Hospice, and has also booked a date in to undertake the gunge challenge on a larger scale next year! So far, Liz has raised £175 for St Barnabas by getting gunged.
During the day, Liz is an online radio show host, and uses this platform to promote the work which St Barnabas does in the local community. Her show, ‘The Lady Liz Show’ can be found at www.popalongradio.weebly.com from 12 – 3pm on weekdays.
“I think that more people should take the plunge and fundraise for St Barnabas. Whether you do something challenging, funny or serious, the money will definitely be going to a good cause.
“The Hospice supports and cares for more than 9,000 people across Lincolnshire who are living with a life-limiting illness, and work tirelessly around the clock to look after those who unfortunately have a terminal diagnosis.”
If you would like to learn more about fundraising in support of St Barnabas Hospice or volunteering at one of their centres or shops across Lincolnshire, please contact [email protected] or call 01522 540 300.