Sarah’s Inca trail trek in memory of patients
15 June 2016
When Sarah Barnicoat, 48, from Southchurch, completed her four day trek in Peru that culminated in Machu Picchu appearing through the misty clouds, her thoughts were of elation.
But they were also of reflection as she'd done the trek raising
money for Kidney Cancer UK. Sarah works with kidney cancer patients
as part of her job as urology oncology clinical nurse specialist at
Southend University Hospital.
She said: "I've looked after kidney cancer patients for the last
five years and treatments have much improved during that time. This
means patients with a terminal prognosis are living much longer and
we form a closer bond."
One such that Sarah bonded with patient was Suzy Wilson, who
sadly passed away two years ago. Suzy's husband, Colin, supported
Sarah all the way and Suzy was in Sarah's thoughts as she walked
Sarah added: "The courage the patients show throughout their
treatment was one of the main reasons why I wanted to do something
out of my own comfort zone. Also, it's not as well funded as the
other urological cancers that I look after so really wanted to
raise some money and awareness. I've had some amazing support from
colleagues, especially from our urological support group, cadgers,
who turned up to pretty much everything."
The eight months fundraising and training clearly paid off,
which included everything from car boot sales to a curry night for
over 70 people. In the final weeks Sarah also stepped up her
training regime, quite literally, running Rocky-style up and down
The Cliffs steps near the seafront. There was no way to prepare for
the altitude but Sarah reached the highest peak, an astonishing
4,215 metres (in comparison Mount Snowdon stands at 1,025
Sarah was still standing tall at the end, and proud, knowing
that she had raised over £4,000 in memory of her past patients and
to help those in the future.