Join with us this September for our first Hospice Celebration Walk.
Get together with family and friends and walk to celebrate the life of someone special, raise funds and help us be there for those who need us most and their loved ones.
Sign up today and receive a brilliant fundraising pack with lots of tips to help you smash your fundraising target. You’ll also receive a Hospice Celebration Walk message card and walking bib which you can write your loved ones name on, message and decorate. Message cards will go on display at the Hospice during the event and you walking bib can be pinned to your t-shirt for the walk.
Sponsored 5 mile Celebration Walk along the Ebbw Fawr Trail and Garden Festival Lake
Date: Sunday 18th September 2022
Venue: Hospice of the Valleys or take part Virtually
Timings: Registration and activities opens at 12.00pm / Hospice Celebration Walk starts at 2.00pm
Registration fee: Individual £5.00 / Family £17.50 (up to 2 x ad & 3 x ch) and includes your Hospice Celebration Walk message card and walking bib.
Sponsorship: Raise £48.44 to pay for 2 x 1 hour bereavement support sessions with our Family Support Team.
Children are welcome to take part and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult taking part in the walk.
Please find a link to the route HERE
The entry fee helps pay towards the event costs but it’s YOUR kind, generous donations and fundraising that HELPS us provide the vital support our patients and loved ones need when it matters the most – YOU’RE our real-life heroes!
To find our more about fundraising options, please click HERE
The afternoon will include a special ceremony where we will come together and celebrate your loved ones and then walk a section of the Ebbw Fawr Trail before heading to loop around the picturesque Garden Festival Lake and return to the Hospice, approximately 5 miles.
There will be light refreshments available to purchase before and after the walk.
A family who know all too well the difference your support makes is the family of the wonderful late Jacqui.
Jacqui was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and in February 2020 received the devastating news that it had spread and was terminal. No words anyone wishes to hear.
Having lived all her life in Tredegar, married to her loving husband Chris for over 20 years and two beautiful daughters, Jacqui was referred to the Hospice in July 2018 and received support from our specialist nurse, complimentary therapist and welfare rights advisor until she sadly passed away in April 2020 at the age of 57.
“All of the team at the Hospice were amazing, I can’t put into words how brilliant Michelle was, she advised mam what she could claim when she wasn’t able to work anymore and helped sort out the paperwork, since mam had died she has helped me loads as everything was in mam’s name, so she had supported me to change everything over.
Jane helped mam understand what things meant when she would have test results or appointments with the doctor, she would call in to see mam just to check in on her, as mam wasn’t one to ring and ask for help
Mam fought a brave battle and would never show if she was in pain or felt unwell. But would open up to Jane when she would come and visit. She also enjoyed the complementary therapies from Matt as they would help her relax and unwind”.
Meselle ends “Knowing the hospice is there to support us really has helped, this September I will be walking to celebrate Mam”.
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Losing someone you love is undoubtedly the hardest thing any of us will go through. But to lose someone during, or because of, the current COVID-19 pandemic is even more heart-breaking.
Chris Tiley and his daughters Meselle and Aimee share their moving story of how Covid-19 impacted their final weeks with their wife and mother Jacqui, who sadly passed away on 25th April, aged just 57.
Jacqui had been battling cancer for fourteen months but the COVID-19 pandemic meant she spent her final days in hospital without her family by her side and with no-one to hold her hand when she passed away.
Jacqui was referred to Hospice in July 2018, following her diagnosis of cervical cancer, which had spread to her lymph glands and lungs.
‘All of the team at the Hospice were amazing, I can’t put into words how brilliant Michelle was, she advised mam what she could claim when she wasn’t able to work anymore and helped sort out the paperwork. And since mam has died she has helped me loads, changing everything over that was in mam’s name.
Jayne the nurse was also lovely and helped mam understand what things meant when she would have test results or appointments with the doctor, she would call in to see mam just to check in on her, as mam wasn’t one to ring and ask for help’ Meselle recalls.
Jayne continued to support Jacqui and the family during lockdown, via phone calls and also visiting wearing full PPE.
Meselle said: ‘Mam was so ill for the last month that we couldn’t hug her or kiss her as she was so at risk of catching the virus and we were so afraid of giving it to her. I can’t put into words how difficult that was.’
On 16th April Jacqui’s condition deteriorated and so the family called Jayne, When Jayne arrived she suggested that Jacqui needed to go into hospital as she was having trouble breathing.
‘Mam had always said that when the time came she would go into hospital to die as our home was our happy place and she didn’t want us to have sad memories of her passing away here– that was mam always thinking of us. Although when she went in the ambulance that day we didn’t think she wouldn’t be coming home’, Messelle recalls.
‘I sat on the settee and cuddled her while we waited for the ambulance to come. I didn’t think it would be the last time I held her in my arms’, Chris recalls.
Due to the pandemic none of the family were able to go with Jacqui, she had to go alone in the ambulance and the family had to wait at home for news on how she was. They also weren’t allowed to visit her in hospital and so all contact was via the phone and FaceTime.
After being in hospital for a week with no physical visits from her family the hospital called to say that Jacqui had requested to see Chris. They would make arrangements for him to go in to see her, but he would have to wear full PPE.
It was during this visit that Chris was told by the doctors that Jacqui’s condition was deteriorating and it could be a matter of days that she had left. Chris had to shoulder this news on his own and then go home and tell his two daughters the earth shattering news.
The girls were totally devastated by the news but felt so helpless and they couldn’t be with their mum during her final days and also couldn’t help thinking of their mum being in hospital all alone.
Left totally distraught Meselle contacted the hospital who agreed that one other family member could go in to see Jacqui.
Meselle was the last person to see her mum alive in hospital and heartbreakingly, Aimee and Chris didn’t get to say their final goodbyes. Aimee recalls: ‘All I wanted was a cwtch from my friends but they couldn’t come round to the house – it was so hard. Losing a loved one is always hard but having to deal with it during the pandemic has been so much worse. If, by sharing our story, we can help just one other family then we will have done mam proud. Knowing the hospice is there to support us really has helped.’