Christies Carer Goes The Extra Mile

Carer rides for charity

Our carer, Rob Johnstone, looked after Andy Brodie for the last few months of his life, helping him stay in his family home as his condition deteriorated.

Rob Johnstone has been a Christies Carer for over 2 and a half years and an avid cyclist for a lot longer.

Rob’s client, Andy Brodie, needed Macmillan Cancer Support to become involved as a back up for Rob as he cared for Andy during the last months of his life.

Motivated to raise funds for MacMillan and honour his client, Rob decided to make an epic charity cycle ride in his memory earlier this month.

The Prudential “RideLondon” event follows 100 miles of the 2012 Olympic cycle route through London and Surrey and can be really tough.

Rob’s determination paid off, however:

“During the ride, I promised myself to stop at every major water hub, take a moment to rest and think of Andy – let him know that he was with me in spirit and inspiring me to complete the ride without incident”

Rob did indeed complete the ride without incident or injury and has the medal to prove it as well as memories of the day and his time with Andy.

“It’s an amazing experience, crossing the finish line and realising that all that effort and training have resulted in raising money to help someone else’s family going through what Andy and his family went through in his final months.”

Andy’s daughter, Fiona was delighted with Rob’s effort:

“Rob was brilliant! My sister and I feel he went over and above with his care for Dad and it was good to know Dad was in capable hands while Rob was looking after him. He made Dad’s final months easier to bear as they got on so well with a nice banter, both being Scotsmen”

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