Tue 09 May 2017
Following the success of last year’s Moonlight Walk which raised £55,000, Treetops Hospice Care are inviting people to take part in the new Starlight Strut, a 10k or 5k sponsored walk for ladies only, aged 12 and over in Derby city.
Along with her daughter, niece and sister-in-law, Tracey Glenn, Lettings Director at John German Estate Agents is signed up and ready to strut her stuff. The ladies, aka Grumpy’s Girls are walking 10k, starting at 10pm, to help raise money for the charity which provided care and support to the family during their late father and grandad’s illness.
“My dad, Keith, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on the 18th December 2007, just before Christmas. Dad didn’t want to know how long he had to live but we were told he had 6-12 months at the most.
He stayed with me, my husband and my daughter over Christmas whilst he had radiotherapy. They said it would either slow down the tumours, make no difference or advance them.
Unfortunately for Dad, he took a turn for the worst throughout the early part of January and we lost him on 15th February 2008 – just two months after the formal diagnosis.
I’m one of four children and we all pulled together to make sure one of us was with him from early morning around 6.30-7am until around 10pm or 11pm at night every day but due to the fact that we all had children and work commitments, we weren’t always able to stay with him overnight.
This was when he was at his most vulnerable and simple things like nipping to the toilet became a huge issue to him as he was very weak and likely to fall and hurt himself.
I really don’t know what we would have done without the exceptional help from Treetops Hospice Care. Most nights were covered by one of the Hospice at Home nurses who were so professional, capable, friendly and understanding about the situation.
We were able to leave Dad overnight, safe in the knowledge that he had someone with him – which was also a great comfort and help to him.
He tended to have a consistency about the carers that came and he developed lovely relationships with them. We too felt that we could talk to them about any problems or concerns and there were never any rushed “handovers” between us. The carers always had time to sit and have a cup of tea with us and tell us how he had got on in the night.
My dad was a typical old man and we called him ‘Grumpy’ so this year myself, my daughter, my niece and my sister-in-law are taking part in the Starlight Strut as ‘Grumpy’s Girls’.”
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"Dear Sharon We got there in the end! Thank you so much for your hard work, think you exceeded your job description on this one! Hope you will call for a cuppa or a glass of wine to celebrate some time! You have been amazing, thank you."