Kelly joins Manorlands Starlight Hike to celebrate the lives of her parents

Kelly Harris-Farleigh

Kelly Harris-Farleigh, from Baildon is taking part in this year’s Starlight Hike on Sat 30 Sept to celebrate the lives of her mum and dad, who both died of lung cancer.

It will be an evening full of team spirit and camaraderie, joy and tears, as people think about their personal memories of loved ones. Joining Kelly on the hike will be also her brother Kieran Harris and her son Joshua Harris-Farleigh who was only 4 when his grandma passed away. 

Kelly's story

“I have decided to support Sue Ryder Manorlands in this way because of the fantastic care and support they gave my mum and my whole family whilst they cared for my mum at the end of her life.

My mum was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2005 and at the end of December was told it was terminal and the cancer had spread. It was hard for her, but she bravely battled on and in July 2006 she wanted to go and visit her family in Northern Ireland for what she knew was the last time.

Whilst there she had a stroke and had to be admitted to hospital in Belfast, where she was cared for around the clock by a fantastic medical team.

My mum's wish was to be back home with my dad, who was too ill himself with lung cancer to be in Ireland with her. It took weeks of phone calls and almost begging but eventually on my brother’s birthday, we were able to bring mum home and she was flown by Yorkshire Air Ambulance from Belfast to Leeds Bradford airport then transferred to a hospice in Yorkshire. That hospice was Manorlands, the Sue Ryder hospice in Oxenhope.

Mum was very near the end of her life and the care she received here from the minute she arrived was second to none. We only had her for another 8 days before she sadly passed away on 25th September, but with the facilities for families at Manorlands it meant that I could stay there in the family room with Josh who got to spend some time with his nana. Josh also got to see a child psychologist there who through play and talking was able to help make sure he was able to begin to understand what was going on. It meant that my dad was also able to stay at Manorlands with my mum, despite his own terminal battle with the same terrible disease. My dad was with my mum the night she passed away at Manorlands. They were amazing with all of us.

I will never be able to repay or thank Manorlands enough for the care, help and support they gave my mum, my dad and my whole family, but hopefully through raising this money they will continue to be able to help families the way they helped mine”.

Manorlands Starlight Hike

The Starlight Hike helps raise crucial funds for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and will continue to allow more patients and families like Kelly the opportunity to receive specialist care and support as it costs £9,000 per day to run.

Hayley Ibbotson, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, added: “It’s going to be a fantastic event with plenty of fun. We are now only a few days away from the event, but we still have a few places available. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to join us”.

Inspired?

Contact Hayley Ibbotson on 01535 640431 or email Hayley.ibbotson@suerydercare.org

The event also benefits from the generous support of Stirk Lambert & Co accountants, who are the main sponsors of the Starlight Hike.

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