This blog is partly a news update and also shameless advertising.
Angus is going to be running in a short (1 mile) race later on September 15th.
This is his story:
When we moved to Newcastle we were introduced to Eleanor Brown, an
experienced and talented cellist (try googling her). She offered to
continue teaching Angus cello even though she wasn't used to teaching
such young children. Angus was only 4 at the time but loves playing
(even though he is rhythmically challenged!) Eleanor explained to me
that she had a rare form of cancer and so her health was unpredictable.
However, she was amazingly patient and creative with Angus and he loved
her lessons which usually went on way beyond her allotted time. At
first Eleanor came to our house saying that this gave her a good excuse
to get out. We could see that some days she was well and others were a
struggle and sometimes the lessons were moved or cancelled. I
explained as best as I could to Angus about Eleanor's illness and he
was understanding but had a lot of questions. Later, after a lengthy
break for treatment, Eleanor's husband would drive her. Eventually we
had to go to Eleanor's house as even the trip out was too much.
Eleanor died earlier this year from her cancer. Telling Angus was
difficult: he had been practising a piece of music that he had been
too uncertain to play before. He kept saying, "I need to practice
this to play for Eleanor for when she gets better." He has struggled
with not being able to say "Goodbye" or play for her.
Last year friends came to stay over the GNR weekend, their children
running the Mini and both parents running the GNR itself. Angus was
challenged to enter this year and so has decided unprompted that this is
what he wants to do: run the mini and be sponsored to raise money for
people with cancer. St Clare's is a local hospice so this seamed
He wants sponsorship. I want him to be sponsored too, not only because it will raise money for a good cause, but because it will help him to deal with his grief, and he is grieving. Just a couple of nights ago he again told me about needing to say goodbye, both to Eleanor and to Blue, our dog who died in March. If you can, visit his justgiving web page and encourage him.