Mother and daughter set for St Nicholas Hospice walk
PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 August 2012
A woman whose husband was cared for by a Suffolk hospice in the last hours of his life will once again take part in a popular fundraising walk.
Kelly Brinkley, 35, lost her husband Darren to pancreatic cancer in 2009 and has crossed the finish line of St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Girls Night Out each year since.
This year, as well as challenging herself to complete the 11.2 mile walk, her 14-year-old daughter Georgia, known as George, will also take part.
Her mother, from Woodlands Drive in Thetford, whose husband was cared for in the Bury St Edmunds hospice for the last 30 hours of his life, said: “I couldn’t have managed without the hospice. The support it gave me was so amazing.
“Because it was the first year just after he died, I wanted to give something back, like they’d given me.”
Mrs Brinkley, a delivery driver for Center Parcs, who also has two other children, has raised more than £800 for the charity to date, with £100 already promised in sponsorship for this year’s effort.
“It’s really good fun and the atmosphere is brilliant,” she added. “It doesn’t feel like you’re walking that far while you’re doing it because people are having a laugh and a joke because people are all doing it for the same reason. “When Darren knew he was dying he said he wanted to go into the hospice because he was petrified of hospitals and it’s something I think he would have liked for me to do.”
Her daughter added: “I have wanted to do the walk for the last two years.
“Now I’m old enough I’m really looking forward to taking part in it with my mum and my friend. I have heard it is really good.”
The pair will take part in the event, alongside friends Julie and Chloe Elder, on September 15 and will dress to match the theme of togas.
To sign up for the walk visit the website at www.stnicholashospicecare.org. Registration costs £15, including a T-shirt and pair of flashing bunny ears.