Hospice Hero Sue raises over £1600 for local hospice care

Sue Owen Williams from Beaumaris has power walked the equivalent of Lands’ End to John O’Groats to raise funds for St David’s Hospice and Breast Cancer Now.

Starting on the 1st of February, she walked approximately five miles every day to accumulate her target of 874 miles. Every mile she walked was to raise as much money as she could for her two chosen charities.

Sue’s stepfather Colin received respite care firstly at St David’s Hospice in Llandudno and then the final respite was as one of the first inpatients at the Anglesey Satellite Hospice in Holyhead, just a couple of days after it opened.

Colin had terminal cancer and was bed bound for eight months at home. His wife provided care along with the support of the carers, district nursing and palliative care team.

Sue explains:

“As Colin’s condition progressed, my mum became worn out and exhausted. It was down to the support of the palliative care team, carers and St David’s Hospice that he was able to stay at home. He attended the Hospice for respite, which enabled my mum to recharge her batteries enough to continue caring for him at home (as was his wish).

“Colin passed away in March this year. I had already started a fundraising walk on the 1st February, initially just raising money for Breast Cancer, I decided to split my donations towards both Breast Cancer and St David’s Hospice, as a way of giving something back.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and have had an amazing few months also being a recipient of the Queens Ambulance Medal in the recent birthday honours”

Completing her challenge in under five months, Sue has raised an outstanding £1675.15 through sponsorship. St David’s Hospice is a local charity, caring for local people, delivering specialist care to adult patients with life limiting illnesses or those in need of end of life care and their families in Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.

If you would like to become a Hospice Hero and take on a personal challenge like Sue, please contact the Gwynedd and Anglesey Area Fundraiser keri.mckie@stdavidshospice.org.uk

PHOTO CAPTIONS –  Sue Owen Williams

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