Precious memories of a much-loved wife and mum will be at the forefront of Jeff Bennison’s mind, as he sets off on an epic motorcycle adventure from The James Cook University Hospital on Saturday August 19.
Jeff, from Leyburn, is completing an extraordinary Land’s End to John ‘o’ Groats motorcycle ride with a difference, in a bid to raise funds for the High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at The James Cook University Hospital, both of whom cared for wife Lorraine in her final days.
Sadly, Lorraine, passed away at the age of just 48 last December, after becoming acutely ill following a two year battle with breast cancer.
On the journey, he has dubbed the MEEM – Middle to the end, to the end to the middle – Jeff will set off on his ride from The James Cook University Hospital on Saturday, before travelling to John O’Groats, passing back through Edinburgh, to James Cook, Leyburn and Bristol, before arrive at Lands’ End.
He will then ride all the way back home by Thursday, August 24.
Jeff said: “The idea is something we thought of when Lorraine was originally diagnosed, but life got in the way and treatment and everything. Basically, Lorraine, grabbing life and enjoying it…dragging us everywhere on the weekends, making the most of time together with us.”
“My two daughters are supporting me in doing this; they obviously want to raise money for the departments just as much as I do.”
Jeff will be riding to raise money to provide the ICU with better bedside lighting, as he feels this is something he and Lorraine would have benefitted from while she was receiving treatment in her final days.
He also wishes to raise money for a piece of equipment that could better locate veins in the hands and arms for taking blood or inserting a cannula.
This was something that proved difficult for Lorraine personally and as a result her hands and arms were bruised and marked when treatment was required.
“I think it would be a nice legacy to hopefully be able to pay for these things and hope that they will benefit other patients and their families in future,” said Jeff.
Above all, Jeff is keen to give something back to the members of staff on the both the HDU and ICU wards for their compassionate care of Lorraine and her family at such a difficult and precious time in their lives.
If you would like to donate of find out more visit his JustGiving page.
To learn more about fundraising for any of our hospitals, visit South Tees Hospitals Charity.