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Mum of three, Sophie, is taking on the ultimate HIIT challenge with a gruelling 4-hour high intensity workout in memory of her mum, Rosie Garwood.
Streaming live from her Facebook page on Saturday 16 May, 7am-11am, Sophie is encouraging people to join her for part of the session and donate what they can to St Barnabas House who cared for Rosie during her short battle with cancer.
Here, Sophie talks about her mum’s illness, dealing with grief during lockdown and why she has decided to share of her love of fitness to raise money and help others.
“My lovely mother, Rosie Garwood, was only 65 when she died very suddenly on 15 January 2020.
Mum was a wonderfully talented, intelligent and kind woman with a wonderful sense of humour. She was an amazing wife to Steve, mother to Tom and I, Gaga to her four grandchildren and friend to many, with so much to live for. She was my best friend and I miss her every moment of the day.
Mum started to get pains in her side at the beginning of December, which was put down to IBS. Unfortunately, her pain continued to get worse and on 17 December she was rushed into hospital with suspected appendicitis.
After hours of investigation it was discovered she had a 15cm tumour attached to her outer bowel which had spread to the liver. She was told there was nothing they could do, and that she would need end of life care.
It came as such a massive shock, but St Barnabas were so caring and helped make a devastating situation a little bit more manageable.”
“Dealing with grief in lockdown is really hard, especially when you have a young family. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves at first, but decided to start doing exercise together to stay healthy, fit and positive whilst stuck at home.
Mum would have been 66 this weekend and I would love nothing more than to be celebrating with her. Instead, I’ve decided to do something special for her and help raise money for St Barnabas as they did so much to ensure mum’s life was as comfortable as it could be for the time she had left.
I would have done a sponsored walk, or jumped out of a plane, but with lockdown I’ve had to think outside the box.
So, I have decided to try and do a 4-hour workout live on my Sophie Kate Garwood Facebook page, from 7am-11am on Saturday 16 May and hope people will join in at some point.
I am totally up for the challenge, but a bit concerned as it’s hard enough doing one hour. But, I want to push myself, and my mum will be my driving force every step of the way.”
Sophie has already raised an incredible £1,390 for St Barnabas House via her JustGiving page, which is enough to pay for someone like her mum to spend 48 hours on the hospice ward, receiving round the clock care in a friendly and welcoming environment.
You can also visit Sophie’s new YouTube channel where she and the family have been uploading exercises to spread their love of fitness and help keep people active during this challenging time.