On 25 June, Stella Thompson, 49, from Worthing, her husband, Keith, 55, and three of their work colleagues, Chris, George & Juan, will be setting off from Worthing Leisure Centre at 4.15am to walk 10km in St Barnabas House’s Sunrise to Remember.
They are fundraising to support their local hospice, which is close to Stella’s heart as St Barnabas provided end-of-life care for her mum and is currently caring for her dad.
Recently, Stella’s dad, Den, was diagnosed with Pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that makes it difficult for his lungs to work properly. “Dad now needs ambulatory oxygen to help him breathe, which is a small portable oxygen cylinder, and he also needs quite a lot of assistance to walk and dop everyday activities.”
Den is under the care of St Barnabas House and visits their gym weekly to help keep him active. He also works with one of the hospice’s physiotherapists to help ease his pain. “The Hospice at Home team are also regularly visiting Dad at home,” says Stella. “And I’m so thankful for them, they help us navigate the journey we are on together.”
When asked what Den would think about the team taking on the challenge, Stella says, “I think he is a bit shocked! Dad doesn’t wake up until quite late, and I told him that we’d have finished the challenge and be home by the time he’s out of bed and he laughed and said ‘well, don’t knock on my door on the way through!’ I know he’s proud of us.”
To sponsor Stella and her team, please visit: www.justgiving.com/nevalee
There is still time to sign up and take part in St Barnabas House’s Sunrise to Remember walk, which is taking place on Saturday 25 June. Registration costs £25 (under 14s £15, family £65) and there is a 10km and 20km route available. To find out more and register, visit www.stbh.org.uk/sunrisetoremember.
St Barnabas House has been providing hospice care for patients and their families in the areas of Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield for over 45 years. Patients are cared for in the comfort of their own homes or at the hospice, where they can get help managing their symptoms, as well as practical, emotional and spiritual support to ensure they’re as comfortable as possible and live life to the full.
Care services for local people living with a terminal illness include community based services such as Hospice at Home and specialist community nurses ; rehabilitation services including physiotherapy and occupational therapy; Day Hospice and outpatient services; family and bereavement support, and admission to the ward for symptom management, respite care, or end of life care.
St Barnabas House is a charity and patients and families are never charged for the care they receive. However, to provide such a high level of care to so many families in the hospice and out in the community costs nearly £9 million each year.