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4 Dec 2017 Community

Going the Extra Mile in Loving Memory of her Dad

Racing in memory of her father, Stephen Brook, who was cared for by Kirkwood Hospice’s Community Palliative Care Team at the end of his life, loving daughter, Karen Brook, raises the incredible sum of £1,688 towards patient care.

Dewsbury man, Stephen Brook, was sadly diagnosed with Cancer and supported by Kirkwood Hospice’s Community Palliative Care Team at the end of his life.

Hugely appreciative of the care her father received in the last few months of his life in the familiar and loving environment of his home and a brief period in the Hospice, loving daughter, Karen, wanted to do something to give back to Kirkwood.

Training relentlessly and battling harsh conditions, the amateur runner took on seven huge running challenges in a period of just six months, to raise essential funding for patient care provided at the Hospice in Dalton and out in the Kirklees community.

Karen with Clinical Nurse Specialist, Deborah Hanson

 

The races completed, a mixture of 10k events, half marathons and a marathon including The Great North Run, The Yorkshire Marathon and Leeds and Sheffield’s 10k runs, have raised the huge sum of £1,688.75.

Speaking of The Great North Run, which attracts over 58,000 eager participants each year, Karen said: 

“The atmosphere is just incredible. People are lining the streets to cheer you on and with an atmosphere like that, you can’t not do it.

“Because I was running for a charity, I never once hit a wall. What kept me going was the thought of my Dad.

A fine collection of medals

 

“I thought ‘how can I moan’, when he never moaned. The thought of helping others and their families in similar circumstances is what it was all about.”

Deborah Hanson, a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Kirkwood’s Community Palliative Care Team, cared for Stephen in his home towards the end of his life and is touched to see Karen back at the Hospice making a positive impact.

She said: “We are a pure charity so Karen’s fundraising makes a huge difference to the work we can provide here, and out in the Kirklees community. Thank you, Karen, so very much. Your magnificent contribution is hugely appreciated.”

Kirkwood Hospice’s Community Palliative Care Team provide specialist advice and support to those, living in Kirklees, who need it.

“Because I was running for a charity, I never once hit a wall. What kept me going was the thought of my Dad." Karen Brook

Community Palliative Care enables patients suffering from life-limiting conditions, like Stephen’s, to spend precious time in the familiar surroundings of their own homes with family members and friends always close at hand.  

Able to visit patients in their own homes and also contactable by telephone, the team of experienced, specially trained nurses offer specialist advice on pain control, emotional support, support for families and carers and information about diagnosis and treatment.

For further information about Kirkwood Hospice’s Community Palliative Care Team, please
click here. To speak to a member of the team, call: 01484 557906 or contact the 24/7 Advice Line on: 01484 557910

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