Andrew Edwards sadly died from bowel cancer on New Years’ Eve last year. He was only 46 years old. To celebrate Andrew’s love of the outdoors, Nick Buckley and 14 others will be taking on The Burren Walk.

Nick tells us more…

"Andrew was an amazing character, a wonderful husband to Caroline and an incredible father to Oli, Charlie, and Riley. He excelled at everything that he did both in a personal and business capacity and was universally loved by everyone. At such a young age, his death was tragic and devastated his family and friends.

"Andrew was born in Zimbabwe and loved sport and being outdoors. His love of rugby (and his beloved South African rugby team), skiing, running and walking never diminished. He completed one of the most gruelling sporting events in the world, the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert in 2015. He ran the 2019 London Marathon having just completed a course of chemotherapy and still had a chemo pump strapped to his chest, such was his determination to compete in the race. That typified the dignified way Andrew dealt with his illness and he never complained once. He took it in his stride and was incredibly brave and stoical even when his illness challenged him further.

In Andrew’s memory, and to celebrate his love of the great outdoors, myself and 14 other of Andrew’s friends will be walking from Chester to Morfa Nefyn on the Llyn Peninsula, crossing Mount Snowdon on the way. Morfa Nefyn is a place close to Andrew's heart where he spent magical summers with his family and friends. The route chosen will take 4 days covering approximately 100 miles over all types of terrain.

"Training for this challenge has really galvanised us as a group and given us something to aim for. Some of us are more active than others, a couple of the lads have been averse to anything other than a round of golf previously! That said, everyone has really embraced the walk. What has been great is that we have been able to get together at weekends and walk. We have been putting the miles in and we have walked each route individually in smaller groups, so we know what the challenge is, and are really looking forward to it.

We’re fundraising for Royal Trinity Hospice because of the amazing support that Andrew, Caroline, and the boys received from them at probably the most challenging time of their lives. Their personal carer, Deborah, supported Andrew and Caroline with all their end-of-life care needs. Deborah's manner, sensitivity, and the way she dealt with these devastating issues provided Andrew and Caroline with incredible reassurance.

"Royal Trinity Hospice provides support that is invaluable to future terminal cancer patients and their families. Deborah supported them in conversations and decisions which they never for one moment thought they would have to face at this time in their lives. To have an organisation at that time who provided such incredible guidance cannot be underestimated. 

Donate to The Burren Walk JustGiving