Four cousins from Yorkshire are pulling on their trainers for this October's Walk to Remember to walk in memory of their grandma, Sandra Kemp, who received end-of-life care at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice and passed away shortly before the UK went into lockdown.
Naia, 9, Peggy, 9, and six-year-olds Florence and Quinn are set to tackle the 7-mile Meanwood Valley Trail this October as part of Sue Ryder’s Walk to Remember.
Their beloved grandma Sandra, 58, received end-of-life care at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in March 2020, less than six weeks after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her granddaughters hope to raise vital funds for the hospice to thank the staff for looking after her so well in her final days.
“Every single member of staff showed the utmost care and compassion for mum and endless support for the family”
Sandra’s daughter Samantha, who will join the girls on their walk, said: “During the week mum was at Wheatfields, every single member of staff showed the utmost care and compassion for mum and endless support for the family. She was treated with dignity and respect and in her final hours the staff made sure she was as comfortable as possible. For this will be eternally grateful.
Mum didn’t get the send-off she deserved at the time due to coronavirus restrictions and the girls have continuously asked to raise money for the place that cared for their grandma. We thought the Walk to Remember would be the perfect opportunity to remember her and support this amazing place which provides such special care.”
“I miss grandma and I think she would be very proud of us doing this walk to raise money. We would make grandma very happy”
Peggy, 9, said: “They are helpful, kind and caring people who look after poorly people. I miss grandma and I think she would be very proud of us doing this walk to raise money. We would make grandma very happy."
Sandra’s grandaughters have currently raised over £1,500 for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice and you can help them raise more crucial funds by donating to their JustGiving page.
Gone but not forgotten
The hospice in Headingley is inviting people across Leeds to do their own Walk to Remember this October for loved ones who are gone but not forgotten. Participants can choose their distance, their start and finish line and a route that means something to them.
Donna Woodman, Head of Hospice Fundraising at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, said: “We’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to Sandra’s granddaughters for taking part in Walk to Remember to celebrate her life and support the hospice where he was cared for. We hope that this special event will provide a way for families and friends to remember loved ones, take in the beautiful autumn scenery and help us continue to be there for people when it matters.”
If you would like to celebrate the life of someone close and help raise us vital funds, you can sign up to take on your own Walk to Remember along a route which has a special meaning for you.
Remember someone special in October
Choose your distance and a route which means something to you, to help us raise funds or donate and help us to be there when it matters.