Sophie's Legacy

Polaroid Picture of Sophie


23 March 2015, 14:03

The Purbeck Pursuit is a one day team challenge event on the 25th April based in the stunning rural Purbeck region of Dorset. The event will be based in one central location, with a series of team challenges starting and finishing at or near the base location.

20 March 2014, 11:25

As we all begin to stretch our limbs in the recent glorious British sunshine and plan Sophie’s Legacy Challenge 2014 in Bournemouth (details to follow soon!), we thought perhaps it would be good to start the training season with a little Spring Fling warm up event.

Here's to a great year.
22 December 2013, 11:41

2013 saw five consecutive years of Sophie’s Legacy challenges.

The grand total raised this year has been £33,417.24

Thanks to all of you!

RUGBY - New Zealand Ambassador's XV v Germany
19 September 2013, 14:10

The annual rugby game between the New Zealand Ambassador’s XV and the German National Team is not to be missed! Especially as this year ex-All Blacks captain Taine Randell will be playing for the Kiwis!!
Kick-Off is at 4pm.

About Sophie

This website is dedicated to the memory of one very special lady, Sophie Drury. Sophie was 34 when she died of cancer on April 5th 2008. She packed more into those 34 years than most of us do in a lifetime. Sophie lived with cancer, never allowed the disease to dictate her life and she continued with her loves of sport, people, partying, shopping, food and fashion. Her passion and zest for life were infectious. Everyone who met Sophie was inspired by her.

At the end of 1999 Sophie was confirmed as having stage III ovarian cancer. Despite her initial fear Sophie resolved to beat the disease. She endured round after round of debilitating chemotherapy and numerous major operations. After each she bounced back with that indomitable smile that had such an impact on everyone she met.

Sophie’s initial treatment was in the UK but continued in France and eventually Germany as she and her husband Rob moved around Europe with his work. Sophie overcame the difficulties of dealing with different languages, systems and cultures with her usual panache becoming popular with nurses oncologists and surgeons immediately.

Sophie was determined to live her life to the full and was extremely active. She adored running and the freedom it gave her. She went skiing regularly; scuba dived and even trekked in the Himalaya. There was always an adventure just around the corner for Sophie.

Sophie’s style was to live life to the full and beyond! She made people look at themselves and understand that cancer does not mean that you stop living. She also taught all of us that we should make the most of everyday and not get dragged down by the little inconveniences in life.

Sophie’s quality of life diminished significantly in the last few months of her life to the point where she would struggle to walk her beloved dog Billy. However, she continued to plan for the things that were still within her abilities. She returned to the UK and her family in April 2008 and died 3 days later at Prospect Hospice, her trip to museums in London for the following week left to be done.

Throughout Sophie had the love and support of her devoted husband Rob – they doted on each other and she absolutely adored him. She also had a huge network of wonderful family and friends who provided incredible support from helping with driving to chemotherapy appointments to sending her amusing and newsy emails and letters, laugh and cry with her, hug her and hold her hand.

Her death has left a huge void in so many lives but her spirit and joie de vivre must live on. Sophie was an inspiration to people during her life. She changed people. This incredible ability and charisma Sophie demonstrated is the motivation behind Sophie’s Legacy.

Sophie’s Legacy is about inspiring cancer sufferers, supporting the carers and families through Sophie’s chosen charities and remembering Sophie and the passion she brought to living.

We adored you gorgeous girl and miss you like crazy – may your legacy help and support others and sprinkle some of your sunshine onto their lives.