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26 Jun 2019 Community

Walkers lace up for Kirkwood patients and their families

Last Saturday, 1,410 walkers from across Kirklees and beyond came together to make the 2019 Midnight Memory Walk our biggest and best yet.

This year’s Midnight Memory Walk raised a record breaking £148, 796 to support the vital care Kirkwood provide for anyone affected by life limiting illnesses across Kirklees, when and where they need it. Families and friends came together to walk six or ten miles last Saturday in memory of their loved ones, here are some of their stories:

The Eccles family, who quickly referred to themselves as ‘Maggie’s Barmy Army’, were all lacing up in memory of their beloved mum and grandma, Margaret Eccles.

They have taken part as a family for the last four years.This year was even more special as it was the first year they’d taken part since Margaret died.

Margaret died on Saturday 30th March after being diagnosed with a life limiting illness back in September 2018.

The Eccles Family

 

Having lived in Almondbury, Margaret accessed Kirkwood’s Community Palliative Care Team service and regularly received visits from Kirkwood Nurse, Moira Solomou.

Margaret’s daughter said: “Kirkwood supported mum the entire time throughout her illness. The Community Nurse regularly came to visit; she was brilliant and so professional. It was absolutely fantastic.

“Having done the walk for the last four years, it means a lot more to us now. We will always support Kirkwood, everyone does an amazing job at the Hospice.”

Tribute Fund holder, Christie Standring along with members of her family, walked six miles on Saturday night in memory of her mum, Clare Standring, who died at Kirkwood in 2016.

Christie's beautiful dedication to her mum on the Memory Wall at Kirkwood

 

Christie said: “We will take part in the walk every year, this is the second year we’ve completed it now. It’s a lovely night and has such a community feel, it’s great to chat to people.

“It’s a really nice touch going back to the Hospice along the route, mum was in Kirkwood for two weeks and we visited all the time.

“We’d bring mum’s dog, Milo, down to the Hospice and I’d take her in a wheelchair down to the garden with him. The Hospice has such a homely feel, so much more than being in a hospital.”

Waterloo Morrisons Community Champion and dedicated Kirkwood supporter, Debbie Creaser, took part in this year’s Midnight Memory Walk. Debbie walked the 10 mile route in memory of her one-year-old son, who died 10 years ago back in 2009.

 

Debbie walked with friend Emma Halliwell, who was taking part in memory of her Father-In-Law, Tony, who died just two weeks ago. Also walking with the pair, Danielle Higgins took part in memory of her grandad, Michael.

Rob Thewlis took part in the walk this year with friends, Emma and Joanne. This is Rob’s 9th year taking part in the Midnight Memory Walk, walking the full ten miles each year.

In 2010, Rob originally laced up in memory of his sister, Katie. Katie died aged just 30 in 2009 and despite not having a connection with Kirkwood, he decided to take part in the walk to remember his sister.

Rob’s mum, Susan Thewlis, sadly died in April 2016 after being cared for at the end of her life by Kirkwood.

Rob now takes part in the Midnight Memory Walk in memory and tribute to his sister and mum.

Rob and his mum, Susan

 

Rob said: “After my mum died, I really realised how much Kirkwood do for people. The care is vital. If you don’t support your local charity, you lose them. And we can’t lose Kirkwood.”

“This year, I decided to volunteer on registration at the walk before I set off on the ten mile route. I know that Kirkwood needed the extra help, but I also really enjoy the atmosphere on the night. I am always looking forward to being a part of it.”

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