On Friday 14 August, Thea and Lila, aged seven, Molly, aged five, and Wilf, aged four, walked with their families in memory of their grandmother, Jo Langley, who was recently looked after by the Hospice at Home team from Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub, for whom they helped raise vital funds in support of their specialist care.
Jo’s daughter-in-law, Kirsty, who is mum to Thea and Wilf, and her sister Hayley, mum to Lila and Molly, organised the walk in memory of Jo, who died in July.
They walked 15km around the area, talking about Jo and remembering her life as they made their way on the route, with a few pit stops along the way. Supporters also joined them and helped to cheer the families on.
“We wanted the children to have something positive to do at this time that we can do together in her memory”
Hayley said: “We wanted the children to have something positive to do at this time that we can do together in her memory so we thought let’s do a walk. We also wanted to do some fundraising as that is something that Jo would really have wanted. She loved being outdoors and it seemed fitting.”
Thea, Lila, Molly and Wilf set out on their Walk to Remember Jo on the evening of Friday 14 August and took in the canal towpath and an RAF base along the way. Exceeding their initial fundraising target, they raised over £1000 for Sue Ryder's South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub, kindly giving back to the team who helped support Jo.
Jo was first diagnosed with cancer five years ago and had previously been supported by Sue Ryder’s South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub. When she was admitted to hospital during lockdown her family feared they would not get the chance to say their goodbyes, but Jo was able to spend the last weeks of her life at home with the support of Sue Ryder’s Hospice at Home team.
“Jo had three weeks at home which we really didn’t think we would have and it was the best that it could be”
Kirsty said: “Jo had three weeks at home which we really didn’t think we would have and it was the best that it could be. That’s when the Sue Ryder Nurses took over her care. It was just lovely having them come in twice a day at first and then three times a day and Jo loved seeing them. They took such good care of her and we would have been lost without them.”
“They just put everything in place that she would need. I have never met people like it”
Hayley added: “The Sue Ryder team were great. They just put everything in place that she would need. I have never met people like it. They just said all the right things at the right time. With their support Jo was able to come home and spend time in the garden seeing the grandchildren.”
Kirsty, talking about their walk together, said that it was “a lovely way to remember Jo, who loved an adventure.”
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