by MARY MAGEE
Doug Cooke who will leave for China on May 17 for a
trek of the
Great Wall of China in aid of Marie Currie. US1608-528CO
WHILE most people look forward to retiring as
a chance to put their feet up and take life easy, a Hillsborough
grandfather has no such plans to do that now that he is stepping
down after 16 years as a manager of a nursing home.
67 year old Doug Cooke is joining the Marie
Curie trek to the Great Wall of China next month.
Doug is retiring as General Manager of
Lisadian Nursing Home, on the Moira Road in Hillsborough and
hopes to raise £5,000 for the charity with the trek. He already
has gathered £1,600 from a bag packing event at Tescos in
Banbridge and has received donations. Doug, who was an elder
with the Elim church in Hillsborough, has been training for the
event for the past year and attends the Leisureplex four times a
week to make sure he is ready for the gruelling adventure.
"I just happened to open up a magazine and
saw an advert about the trek to the Great Wall of China and I
thought 'yes' I could do that," he said.
"With my job I see how important the work
that Marie Curie nurses do really is and felt I wanted to give
them something back in return.
"I would like to thank everyone who has
helped me raise money for Marie Curie, including church friends
staff at the nursing home, family and friends."
Doug's itinerary starts on May 17 when he
flies to Beijing with the prospect of walking up to eight hours
a day in temperatures of up to 30 centigrade with high humidity.
His journey will take him from the Hebei
Province to Jin Shan Ling, Erlaingzi, Gu Bei Kou and back to
Marie Curie Nurses, who rely on fundraising
such as these, now care for around 50 per cent of all
cancer patients who die at home.