I am fundraising for The Norfolk Hospice so they can continue to provide high-quality, individualised care to people with life-shortening illnesses.

My dad was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an uncommon and incurable type of brain cancer, at the end of November 2017. His health deteriorated very quickly. The complications of this condition were terrible, and it was clear that without specialist support that my dad would not have the dignity and peace which he deserved. He was admitted to The Norfolk Hospice, where the fantastic staff were able to provide dedicated round-the-clock care. This enabled my dad to spend the final days of his life in comfort that we would otherwise have been unable to provide at home.

This summer, my friends and I will be undertaking an 8-10 mile 'Tough Mudder' challenge in Yorkshire to raise money for the hospice. 1 week later, myself and another friend will be completing the 'Ride London' 100-mile bike ride, followed a few weeks later by a self-supported bike journey through France and Spain.

Government funding for hospice care in the UK is minimal - The Norfolk Hospice is dependent on public fundraising to continue providing the remarkable service which it operates. Please consider donating and making a positive difference to end-of-life care for people in Norfolk.

Thomas Payne