Katie Harrison

Giving back to the hospice was Katie's way of thanking her local hospice for the care and support they gave her dad before he died.

Katie Harrison at the start of her Starlight Walk

What does this partnership mean to you?

My dad passed away at East Cheshire Hospice, after an 18-month battle with stomach and liver cancer, so giving back something to them means a lot to myself and my family, and it's a way of saying thank you, mainly because of the amazing care that he received during the 5 weeks that he was in there but it's also vital they raise enough funds to keep places like this running as it's solely charity based, the amount of money they need is around £7,500 per day.

The team at East Cheshire Hospice made my dad's final few weeks really comfortable, they were understanding and it was like a home-from-home, I cannot praise them enough.

What was your fundraising event?

Myself, some family members and some friends took part in the Starlight Walk at Capesthorne Hall for East Cheshire Hospice and named our team "Walter's Walkers" in memory of my dad. Our team of 8 completed the 10k walk each on the night, which involved walking through the woodlands in the dark.

We each had a candle that we could place along the way to remember my dad and we were presented with medals. It was such a nice event to take part in, and was lovely to see some of the staff and members of families that we had met during my dad's illness.

We raised a staggering £2,327 before fund matching and only set a target of £500, so we were absolutely over the moon that we had been able to give so much back.

Would you recommend a fundraising event, like the Starlight Walk to your colleagues?

Yes, definitely! I would urge anyone to help out and raise as much as possible for the local hospice, and Hospice UK. Until my dad was admitted into the hospice, myself and my family had no idea at all about the type of care that they provided.

I think until you go through a situation like we did, it's really hard to understand the importance of places like this. It was a really upsetting time for us, coming to the realisation that my dad was coming to the end of life, but the care that he received at East Cheshire Hospice was amazing and we could never thank them enough for making him feel so comfortable and so homely.

The staff were absolute angels not only with my dad but with us too. I will support this charity for years to come and more. 

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