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‘The hospice brought light to an otherwise dark time’ – Gareth’s Story

Why Gareth is running the Weymouth Half Marathon in memory of his mother-in-law, Barbara

Gareth Putt is almost sixty years old, and about to take part in his first competitive running event – the Weymouth Half Marathon.

Gareth, from Weymouth, is raising money for Weldmar Hospicecare in memory of his mother-in-law Barbara Dore, who passed away at our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester last autumn.

“The care she received here made the end of her life so much more comfortable for her and her family”, says Gareth.

“She was a lovely lady – very independent, and enjoyed going for walks with friends around Portland, where she lived.  She was always there for anyone who needed her, ready to offer advice and support to her family and friends when it was needed.”

Barbara, originally from Wales, had been a nurse for many years, training in London before taking positions in a number of hospitals, and ending her career in Dorset, at Weymouth Community Hospital.

It was on a family visit to Wales that she first started to feel unwell, and she was admitted to Dorset County Hospital before her doctor referred her to Weldmar.

“It was a fairly black time for Barbara and the family”, Gareth explains.  “She just wanted to know what was going on.  When the Weldmar Community Nurses came to see her, they explained everything, and discussed options including being treated and cared for at home.”

It was decided that a visit to the hospice for assessment would be the best thing to do, and Barbara stayed with us until she died on 11th October.

Gareth says, “The care was second to none, she was treated with dignity, and as an individual.  The family were supported too, always being kept up to date by doctors and nurses, and they always had time to answer questions.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of the care she received.”

That’s why Gareth has signed up for the Weymouth Half Marathon, and is spreading the word about his fundraising.

As a keen runner, Gareth thought it would be the perfect way to help raise money for the charity.

“I’m really looking forward to it.  When you go for a run, you can normally choose where you go and how far you go, but this has meant some proper training!  Running up and down the Esplanade through the winter months can be quite tough, but I’m looking forward to joining the other runners, and hopefully having lots of people there to cheer you on!”

“Crossing the finish line in anything under two hours would be good, but the main aim is obviously to raise as much money as I can for Weldmar, the time is irrelevant.”

“As I run, I’ll have in my mind the excellent care that Barbara received here”.

Visit Gareth's JustGiving page here


As an independent charity providing end of life care in Dorset, and support to their loved ones, Weldmar Hospicecare needs to raise £18,000 a day.  You can find ways to support us through our Events, Challenges, playing the Lottery, or making a one off or regular donation.

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