Family and friends of Stephen Wheatley have helped raise over £1,200 in his memory for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice by taking on a sponsored walk.
Two years ago, Stephen was cared for at St John’s after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.
Inspired by the Sue Ryder Walk to Remember campaign, Stephen’s husband, David Fry, and their friend, Jo Burnham, who lives in Wixams, walked the local 9.4k Thornton Walk to raise money for the Moggerhanger hospice.
They were joined by Betty, Stephen’s cairn terrier, and dachshund Bertie, and thanks to sponsorship from friends, family and members of the local community, have already raised in excess of £1,200.
David said, “Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice was very close to Stephen’s heart. Their Palliative Care Hub provided essential support for Stephen and I during Stephen’s illness and has provided compassionate care for wider family, friends, and loved ones in the village and surrounding communities over many years.
“Our Walk to Remember Stephen was an enjoyable way of celebrating Stephen, as we approach the two year anniversary of his death from a devastating brain tumour, on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018.
“Stephen was very kind, loving and popular, and full of fun and energy – he would have loved that so much money has been raised for such a worthy cause.
“The support from everyone in helping raise these much-needed funds for the hospice, in Stephen’s memory, is amazing.”
Jo, a friend and former neighbour of Stephen and David, said, “Stephen was an amazing friend and so loved locally. He would have been proud of Betty, his little cairn terrier, who accompanied us all the way, even meeting new friend, Bertie the dachshund. Thanks so much to everyone for supporting this walk, in memory of Stephen.”
If you would like to take part in a Walk to Remember a loved one, the Sue Ryder Walk to Remember campaign runs throughout October and participants can walk 5k or 10k.
Entry is free and you can register online via: https://www.sueryder.org/support-us/fundraise/events/walk-to-remember-2020
Alternatively, you can donate funds directly to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire, until 31 October, via David and Jo’s Walk to Remember Stephen Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/team/RememberingStephen