A ‘Walk Ten’ fundraiser for Marie Curie takes place at Boughton House on Saturday, September 13.
Carly Baraclough, from Noseley, whose father Billy was cared for by Marie Curie nurses, will be among the entrants.
Carly, who has taken part in Walk Ten events every year since 2011, said: “My dad became ill in 2007 and it got progressively worse. He was with his wife, Debbie, in America, but when he realised his condition was terminal, all he wanted was to come home to Belfast, where he was born and brought up.”
“Dad and Debbie moved back in 2008 but he was adamant that he was going to stay at home rather than move into a hospice. It was his way of coping.”
Billy agreed to go into Marie Curie’s Belfast Hospice, and Carly added: “It was a relief. It was so reassuring to know that he was being well cared for by the nurses.”
She kept in touch with her dad by phone, but later received a call telling her Billy was reaching the end of his life.
She said: “The next flight wasn’t until the following morning, and Dad passed away two hours before we arrived. Thankfully, the hospice gave us privacy and time with him so we could all say goodbye. That’s what really stands out – they look after the family as much as the patient.”
In 2012 Carly completed two Walk Ten events in two days. She walked at Stormont House in Belfast before flying back to Northamptonshire for the event at Boughton House, raising £956.
Carly added: “Taking part in Walk Ten with friends is my way of giving something back. The speech by a Marie Curie Nurse at the end of the walk puts the charity’s work into perspective. The nurses feel strongly about what they do, and because they cared for my dad, it hits home.”
Walk Ten is for all abilities and ages. Registration is £10, with on-the-night entry costing £20. Under-16s walk for free and everyone who takes part in Walk Ten receives a t-shirt to wear on the night. Registration is now open and people can sign up by clicking here or by calling 0845 0524184.