‘Our jungle run to remember mum’

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THREE siblings are taking part in a seven-day marathon through the Amazonian jungle to raise cash for the charity that cared for their dying mum.

Grandmother-of-eight Anne Thompson passed away on October 9 last year after a two year battle with breast cancer that had spread to her lungs.

The 65-year-old was surrounded by friends and family at her Nelson Road home in Dagnall at the time.

Anne, who was chairman of Edlesborough Parish Council for more than 20 years, spent five weeks at The Hospice of St Francis in Shootersway, Berkhamsted in her final days.

Now her children, who also live in Nelson Road, are repaying its nurses by walking and running 137 miles.

Sally Thorne, 43, John Thompson, 45, and Luke Thompson, 34, will begin the trek on the first anniversary of their mum’s death.

Mother-of-two Sally said: “The people at the hospice made her time there very normal and looked after her just like she was one of their friends.

“All visitors were made welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them. They helped mum live her wish and helped her to go home before she passed away.”

The siblings, and family friends Kingsley Basson, 37, and Christine Davies, 42, hope to raise £20,000 in sponsorship through their jungle challenge.

During her time as parish council chairman, Anne secured a national lottery grant to fund a playground for the village.

Sally said: “She was very patriotic and loved her kids and doing anything she could for the youth. She always saw the good in people.”

A series of fundraising events for the hospice will be held in Anne’s memory.

Find out more or donate at www.doitforanne.co.uk or www.justgiving.com/Emma-Thompson12.