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Lucy’s story

Running in memory of Nana

Lucy Gregory, and a group of family and friends, will be taking part in Weldmar Hospicecare’s Colour Run on Saturday 12th May 2018 in memory of her Nana, Rita Meaden.

Lucy said: “My Nana was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2017, whilst living in a care home in north Dorset. After hearing her diagnosis, and it being clear that Nana was in the advanced stages of MND, it was crucial for us as a family to ensure she had the best end of life care, which she so deserved. With the help of the Palliative Care Team at the hospital, Nana was referred to Weldmar, and was admitted to Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester.

“I had heard good things about Weldmar, and the incredible work that they do. The moment we walked out of the ambulance and in through the doors, we were greeted with such warmth, kindness, calmness, and generosity. It was like walking into a bubble of safety.

“My Nana was only at Weldmar for five days but, during that time, the care and respect that she received was absolutely incredible. After what felt like weeks of distress, she quickly became more settled and calm. As a family the atmosphere was calming and we all ‘moved in’ to the hospice – each morning we would walk in with our carrier bags of biscuits, fruit, slippers, books and even nail varnish to paint our nails.

“Weldmar allowed us as a family to spend some very special moments together, which we will treasure forever, and will always be grateful for. The staff not only gave my Nana the very best care but they also cared for us as well. They answered my many questions, made me cups of tea, tucked me up with a blanket when I was cold, spoke to me about what to expect, reassured me, hugged me and mopped up my tears, and even picked me up off the floor in my total distress. I know that for my Nana and us as a family, Weldmar was the perfect place for my Nana to spend her last days.

“I am learning to live life without my best friend although it is proving to be a huge challenge. One thing this experience has inspired me to do is to fundraise for Weldmar. I feel so fortunate we were able to use the service, which makes me passionate to be able to give something back to such an incredible charity. I will be doing the Colour Run in May with a large group of family and friends, and I am currently working with the amazing fundraising team to see how else I can support them as a volunteer”.

Lucy, her family and friends are raising funds whilst taking part in the Weldmar Colour Run – and can be supported on the JustGiving website.

Weldmar’s Colour Run takes place on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth – and includes a set of crazy, inflatable obstacles to climb over, under and through as well as the chance to run through the colour stations

And the Colour Run is just the first day of a whole weekend of fun. On Sunday 13th May 2018 is Weldmar’s Bubble Rush – where you can run through corridors of brightly coloured foam.

Throughout the weekend Weldmar will also have live bands on the Wessex FM stage, and delicious local food and drink from local suppliers. Whether you want to take part, volunteer or just come along to soak up the atmosphere; it is going to be fun-filled day for all the family.

All the money raised from the 2018 Colour Run and Bubble Rush will go towards funding the continuation of high quality and outstanding end of life care that Weldmar provides to patients, and the support for their loved ones, throughout Dorset. Last year the events raised over £95,000 and this year it is hoped that even more can be raised thanks to the generosity of the participants and their sponsors.

To find out more call our fundraising team on 01305 261800

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