A woman from Penley is getting ready to pound the pavements in a 10k charity walk in honour of Nightingale House Hospice and has extended an invitation to anyone who may have lost someone they love to join her.
Bethan Chappell, is training for the Ladies Midnight Walk, on Saturday 17th June, in tribute to her mum Lorraine Edwards, who passed away at the Hospice last year.
“Previous to my Mum’s admittance into Nightingale House, I’d heard about the good work there but it was only when I experienced it firsthand that I realised just how much support it provides,” says Bethan.
“My family and I practically lived in Nightingale House over September and October of last year whilst my mum saw the last days of her life out, and even now it feels like home when we visit Cafe Cwtch. I really cannot speak highly enough of the Hospice, and will do anything I can to raise awareness and funds to help support them.”
Bethan says that the memory of the care her mother received during her time at Nightingale House has inspired her to walk.
Bethan says that the memory of the care her mother received during her time at Nightingale House really helped her through the dark days when she first passed away.
“The level of care she received was extremely high, and not just from the nurses but all members of staff at Nightingale House. She struck up a friendship with the catering staff in particular, who couldn’t do enough to cater for her needs when she’d lost her appetite through her illness. Everyone was so very attentive and supportive, which meant a great deal to my Mum and to us as her family.
“What struck us was the level of care we also received. My mind was put at rest as my Dad was also extremely well looked after by the nurses, kitchen staff and volunteers. When the situation got harder, we received emotional support which we were so very grateful for at a very upsetting and isolating time.”
This is the first time Bethan, will be taking part in the Ladies Midnight Walk, and she says she is also walking for the unsung heroes that make up the Hospice staff as well as those who need the service it provides.
“I have never participated in the Midnight Walk so it will be my first one. My Mum actually participated in two! I will do it every year going forward from now on to raise funds and awareness for the Hospice, but also to follow in my mum’s footsteps.
“I have several friends joining me on the walk, as they also want to help me to say thank you to Nightingale House. If anyone fancies joining me for all or part of the walk at my pace, or their own, that would be great. Let’s all raise as much money as we can for the unsung heroes of our local Hospice.
“After all, you never know when you will need the great care provided by Nightingale House. Unfortunately, with 1 in 2 of us predicted to get cancer, and everyone knowing someone who has been affected by this awful illness, there is a high chance that many of us will need the Hospice at some point in our lives.”
The Ladies Midnight Walk takes place on the 17th June at 10:30pm. To register, click here.