Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Baileys photography
As the song goes, behind every man is a great woman. As FSB member Alastair Young heard the news of the passing of Barbara Bush and how her support and belief in her husband George had played a huge part in his political success, he couldn’t help but recall memories of his own wife Linda who had passed away in 2017.
Alastair met Linda in 1992 during a “Solo’s weekend” at Marwell Zoo and they quickly struck up a rapport due to Linda’s positive outlook on life and her enthusiasm for travel. They travelled the world together sharing wonderful memories and weathered the storms together.
In 2003, when Alastair decided to go it alone and run his own small business Linda was right behind him urging him to take the leap with “You only regret what you do not do”. With Linda’s advice ringing in Alastair’s ears Broadside Customs Clearance Agency Ltd was born.
Despite having to cope with the loss of her mother and brother in 2009 & 2010 respectively, Linda adjusted well to Suffolk life after her move from South West London. Then in 2013, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer which had already spread to her spine. This was a real test of character for both of them but even in her illness Linda kept smiling, kept seeing friends, kept travelling (albeit only in the UK) and kept positive determined to get the most out of every moment she could.
Three years after her diagnosis when Linda could no longer use the stairs they called on the services of Ipswich’s St Elizabeth Hospice, who provided support and equipment to help Linda stay in the home she loved and despite her illness kept smiling every day until she passed away at home in July 2017.
Alastair knew he wanted to do something for the hospice who had provided so much help to Linda and decided to raise money with a sponsored walk - which would also help him lose some of the weight Linda had always teased him about!
Borrowing from Linda’s positive outlook, Alastair noticed a seven day trek through The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park before ending up in Las Vegas, advertised on the Hospice’s noticeboard and signed up.
Alastair aims to raise £10,000 for the Elizabeth Hospice who rely mostly on charitable donations and help to improve life for people in east Suffolk living with a progressive or terminal illness.
Alastair will be trekking the canyons from the 12th – 19th May, if you would like to keep up with Alastair’s travels or make a donation you can visit his event website for further information.