Gemma’s grandad, affectionately known by his family as Dumpy, attended Day Hospice and was looked after on our Warwick Inpatient Unit in February 2018. Gemma had planned to run a 10km race that year but did not feel up to the challenge so soon after Dumpy’s death.
She and her husband married in August 2018 and chose to remember Dumpy by giving their guests Myton butterfly pin badges as favours.
This year she decided to more than double her distance in memory of her Grandad! And a few weeks before the event she found out she was pregnant so decided to walk the 13 miles.
The event went really well – although I had sore feet at the end. I felt that Dumpy was with me all the way, especially during the last km when I was starting to ache. He seemed to be at peace in Myton; he had a smile on his face and was chatty with all the nurses during his final days. I'm very appreciative of all the money people have donated, which will go to Myton as a way of saying thank you, and supporting them to continue the wonderful work they do for those in the same boat as Dumpy.
Thank you, Gemma, from everyone at Myton! You can still sponsor Gemma below...