A local lady who recently turned 60 years old has proved it is the new 40; by cycling 1300 miles so far this year. Elizabeth Hathway, from Angle decided that she wanted to do something different and raise money for charity.
She wanted to cycle a minimum of 50 miles per month; for 12 months. As the months went on, her physical and mental health greatly improved and she started to do more and more. Elizabeth has so far supported British Heart Foundation, Angle RNLI, Meningitis and now Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.
Elizabeth chose to support Paul Sartori throughout May by cycling 252 miles, as the charity had supported her family back in 2004,
“Paul Sartori helped my father live at home in the last weeks of his life, surrounded by his family and friends. They lent equipment (bed, wheel chair, commode, etc.) nurses came in at night to let us get some sleep as my father didn’t like being alone in the last days. I and my family will be forever grateful to the foundation for all their help and support.”
Elizabeth has tremendous determination, over the last 10 years her health has not been the best. She suffered two heart attacks, has arthritis in her ankles, knees, shoulder and neck, and is waiting for a knee operation. Previous to this challenge Elizabeth joined Slimming World, lost 4 stone in weight and then took up cycling again.
Elizabeth raised £100 for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home charity and will continue to fundraise for other charities each month of 2019.
Laura Hugman, Clinical Team Manager at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home said,
“It is through the generosity of local people that organise these fundraisers that we can continue to provide this much needed service for anyone in the later stages of any life limiting illness. The services are available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.
The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.
All of the services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community.
Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website, or by phoning 01437 763223.
[Image – Toni Dorking (Paul Sartori Community Fundraiser), Laura Hugman (Paul Sartori Clinical Team Manager) and Elizabeth Hathway with her e-bike
Elizabeth rides a power-assisted bike. She shared her story to rediscovering two-wheeled freedom…
At a younger age, Elizabeth was comfortable riding her Racer bike and it had been 20 years since she was able to cycle following various health obstacles including two heart attacks. Until she discovered power-assisted bikes, which she learned would enable her to get outside and exercise, whilst taking pressure off her joints and maintaining her heart rate to a healthy level.
Her first experience was purchasing a folding bike from a TV shopping channel, which she stored in her car boot ready for ad hoc trips locally.
As her love for this bike grew and her mileage increased, Elizabeth decided to upgrade to a larger hybrid bike, which requires manual pedal power over 15mph, under which assisted power kicks in.
This bike now allows Elizabeth to travel much further distances at leisure with her husband. The assisted power enables her to take essential items such as inner tubes, padlocks and picnics to enjoy en route. This wouldn’t have been possible on a standard road bike.
Daily life now involves exploring the cycle paths of Wales, following canals and railway tracks into beautiful nature spots otherwise not accessible by car. Elizabeth stresses how good this is for her mental health and explains that her new bike has literally changed her life.
If you’re interested in finding out more about power-assisted (hybrid) bikes or -bikes (fully powered), contact Enterprise Cycles in Neyland who advised and guided Elizabeth on her journey.
This story is part of the Life Seeker newspaper