My Yorkshire childhood - Ian Carey, chief executive of Barnsley Hospice

PUBLISHED: 18:17 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:39 20 February 2013

My Yorkshire childhood - Ian Carey, chief executive of Barnsley Hospice

My Yorkshire childhood - Ian Carey, chief executive of Barnsley Hospice

Ian Carey, chief executive of Barnsley Hospice, shares his love of climbing, comedy and curry

Saturday morning often starts with a few work emails and a fundraising event in support of the hospice, but I dont mind a bit. I have a great job and its so rewarding to be part of a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers.


With my work done, theres usually plenty of time for a quick blast on my mountain bike. I like to cycle up to Wharncliffe Woods, just north of Hillsborough in Sheffield, where I live with Sue and two hungry cats. The woods are full of trails created and maintained by the enthusiastic trailblazers Ride Sheffield and the Forestry Commission.


I love the exhilaration of mountain biking, although increasingly this is of a moderate variety. At the age of 52 Im easily scared when confronted with a steep, rough descent, although I still delight in showing Sue the scars from my numerous falls.


On Saturday evening, I may go to Cabaret Boom Boom in Sheffield. With its eclectic mix of comedy acts and a few bottles of Bradfield Brewerys Farmers Blonde, its a sure way to get me laughing the night away. The walk up to the venue in Walkley is a bit steep, but walking back on a moonlit night is magical and makes me happy to call Sheffield home.


I usually go rock climbing at Almscliffe Crag, between Otley and Harrogate, on Sunday. Its a grand climbing venue and, being a mid-grade climber, it has plenty to keep me amused. None more so than a nice struggle up the Great Western rock face with its marvellous short traverse and final crack.


On a warm sunny day, and more so in recent years, its great to lie on my back at the top watching the clouds roll by and catching the occasional view of a red kite soaring by.


On the way back from Almscliffe, I have to make a short detour and call into Bobbys Indian curry and sweet centre in Leeds. This was one of the first takeaways selling superb Indian food to open on Roundhay Road and one of my regular haunts when I was nursing at Jimmys St James Teaching Hospital and living in Harehills in the mid 1980s.


A portion of vegetable pakora followed by a divine slice of chocolate murfi always makes me very happy.

Barnsley Hospice is a charity providing specialist palliative care for people with a life-limiting illness and support for their families. It has ten inpatient beds, plus day care, specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. It costs 9,000 a day to run and 2m has to be found every year through fundraising, donations and sales at its charity shops. For more information, visit barnsleyhospice.org or call 01226 244 244.

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