Back in the summer, supporter Richard completed the Birmingham Triathlon in aid of Compton after we cared for both his father and grandmother.
“Compton played a huge role during the final days of my fathers and grandmothers life who both passed away last year. We saw from close quarters, the help that Compton provide, the nurses were incredible during a time that was unimaginably difficult for myself and my family.
“As soon as I knew Dad wouldn’t get better, I told myself that I was going take myself out of my comfort zone in order to help Compton and other patients that will go through what my father and grandmother went through.”
Richard initially planned to complete the triathlon alone but as soon as he mentioned it to friends, they soon signed up too.
“My friends had no hesitation in doing it alongside me and five of us ended up taking part. Training and taking part in the event improved our lives physically and mentally and they have all said to me personally that they have my Dad to thank for this.”
“I chose a triathlon as it’s the ultimate test of fitness and mental strength. I told myself that I wanted to push myself through my physical and mental pain barrier. It’s the least I could do for a charity that had looked after my family.”
After struggling to sleep the night before the event due to nerves, Richard arrived at Sutton Lake for the swim at 7am.
“Swimming was my weakest discipline when I started my training however it soon became the most enjoyable and I achieved my personal best time during the race. You then have to run to your bike whilst attempting to remove a wetsuit which was interesting!
“The bike leg was the first time you could really appreciate the support from your friends and family as they were lining the edge of the bike course. I was overwhelmed with the people that turned up to watch us and our family and friends were definitely the loudest by far!
“Once the bike leg was over it was time for the run. It was safe to say that I was running on empty at this stage, but I pushed through mentally and finished 114th out of 224 competitors. On reflection, I believe I could have improved on that position but with it being my first triathlon I was happy just to complete it.
“The support was incredible, and it was an amazing feeling to cross that finish line.”
Richard’s fundraising target was an amazing £1,000 however he underestimated the generosity of his friends and family who ended up donating an extraordinary £1,483.83! This could fund the equivalent of 6 visits from a Compton Nurse Specialist to a patient receiving our care in the comfort of their own home.
But Richard isn’t stopping there. He’s signed up to complete the Ironman 70.3 in Austria next year, and we already can’t wait to hear all about it.
Thank you for supporting Compton Care, you are extraordinary!