IN MEMORY of loved ones they have lost and in support of the hospice that helped them, hundreds will join together for a moonlight walk on Saturday night.
The annual fundraiser for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, in Chichester, sees people gather together to walk in the moonlight.
The very first person to sign up for the walk this year was 46-year-old Sarah Linck, from Bilsham Road, Yapton.
She and her sister Louise are doing the walk in memory of their mother Ro, who passed away aged 75 a year ago today at St Wilfrid’s. The trio are pictured below.
“Mum was almightily relieved when she knew there was a bed available,” said Sarah.
She said her mother was not an anxious person, but in the last few weeks of her life became more nervous at the thought of being at home without the support of the hospice.
“When a bed became available you saw her sigh with relief,” said Sarah.
“It made her final days a huge amount better than I think we could have muddled through at home together.
She said friends and family had been at St Wilfrid’s visiting Ro ‘all the time’.
Last October, Sarah ran the Great South Run in aid of the hospice and this year the sisters decided they wanted to do something together.
She said the support the hospice and its nurses gave their mum was something for which they were very grateful
“It wasn’t a nice thing to happen but they were absolutely great and I know they rely so much on charity.” she said.
“So for us to raise a little bit of money each year is a good thing.”
Ro lived in Runcton with her husband up until moving into St Wilfrid’s and was known in the area as a supply teacher at several primary schools, including West Wittering.
She loved badminton and was playing right up until she went to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
“Even when having chemotherapy four times a week, she was still going out to clubs,” said Sarah.
“She played at Chichester and over at Havant and thoroughly enjoyed it.
“She had a round of chemotherapy and headed off to badminton. I think the doctors thought she was crazy.”
It is the support the hospice gave Ro and continues to give so many like her that leads so many people to support the hospice in return and raise money for it in the face of diminishing aid from central government.
“She couldn’t have been better looked after,” said Sarah.
“It was something we could not have done at home.
“It’s a place I would want to raise money for every year.”
Sarah said next year she hopes to run a triathlon to raise money for St Wilfrid’s.
She feels Saturday night will be especially poignant as it marks a year since the death of Ro.
“I think it will be quite an atmosphere,” she said of Saturday’s moonlight walk.
So keen was she to take part, Sarah ended up being the very first person to sign up this year.
“It must have been the day it opened,” said Sarah.
She and her sister are looking forward to joining the hundreds of others on Saturday and raising vital funds for the hospice.
To sponsor their effort, visit www.justgiving.com/louise-linck
On their fundraising page, the pair talk of doing the walk ‘in memory of our much loved mum who we miss so very much and think of every single day’.