Nicky Maltby

Trev died aged 61 having always kept himself fit. We had started a new life, semi retired and the future looked good. That future was totally different to what we had expected. Within 18 months Trev had died from a brain tumor but throughout his illness he always maintained his sense of humour and he still thought of others first, despite his terminal diagnosis. His wish was that I carry on my life as best I could and so I started running and I seemed able to do it. That resulted in doing a 10k run as a challenge, which I finished. Since then I have tried to push myself further as a personal challenge but also to honour Trev because I have the chance to do this as my body seems to let me ,whilst Trev’s didn’t. The virtual triathalon covers the whole of August and at 60 years of age it is a huge challenge to do the Iron Man version of 180 km cycling, 42km run and 3.8 km swim. I would like to make Trev proud!

Wessex Cancer Trust believe that there should be help and support available to everyone living with cancer, when and where they need it.

Every year around 23,000 people are diagnosed with cancer within the Wessex region. A diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on an entire family.  Wessex Cancer Trust is committed to offering free support for as long as people need it.

At all of our cancer centre clients are welcomed by our volunteer befrienders who are equipped to provide information, support and a listening ear. Our team of specialist counsellors are there to help deal with the emotional impact of cancer and our complementary therapies aim to improve wellbeing, help with pain management and increase self-confidence.

Wessex Cancer Trust also provide dedicated children's services, singing therapy groups, programmes to help people move on from cancer and a transport scheme which provides over 20,000 passenger journeys each year. 

Each year Wessex Cancer Trust are able to reach over 8,000 people in the local community.

Nicky Maltby