The family of Kimberley Trickett, from Stonebroom in Derbyshire, who died (aged 20) at Ashgate Hospicecare from a brain tumour ten years ago on 6th July, has raised over £100,000, so that more people can access vital hospice care.
Kimberley was studying for a master’s degree in nursing at Nottingham University when she was given the devastating news in April 2009 that she was terminally ill with a brain tumour.
Kim’s mum, Tracie Holocuk, said: “At Ashgate Hospicecare, we had a feeling of safety. You know your loved one is in a safe place and the staff really are there to help you. The staff provided Kim with the utmost dignity whilst she was on the ward.
Throughout Kim’s stay at the hospice, I can honestly say that we were made to feel like family. We were included in everything every step of the way. Despite being very ill, one thing that Kim really wanted was to visit home one last time. The hospice provided transport and a nurse to make this possible. Kim got to see her dog, her bedroom and the new patio she had previously been planning. She couldn’t stay at home for long because she was too ill, but that visit home meant the world to her.
Kim was a very special person. She was also very good at fundraising and so we made a promise in the hospice garden that we would raise money. This is to help as many patients as possible receive such high-quality and dignified care when they need it, because we know how much it means to patients and their loved ones.”
Just before what would have been Kim’s 31st birthday, Kim’s family and friends held a ‘KimFest ‘19’ event at The Hollingwood Hotel on Sunday 8th September. The event raised an incredible £3,642.42. This took the total raised by Kim’s family and friends over the past ten years to the phenomenal amount of £102,917. Team ‘RememberKim #10yearson’ also took part in this year’s Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk and encouraged as many people as possible to join them and help raise sponsorship money. The money raised, Kim’s legacy, has helped to provide care to hundreds of patients both at the hospice and out in the community since Kimberley died, and continues to help patients access hospice care.
Tracie said, “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, to each and every one of you. You have been there with us all, through the tears and the laughter. We could not have done it without your help.”
Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare said, “Kim’s family are exceptional in how much they’ve raised and how they’ve supported the hospice over the past ten years. People often want to support the hospice after they’ve experienced our services, because that’s when many people realise what a vital local charity Ashgate Hospicecare is. To surpass their £100,000 target is incredible and I can’t thank Kimberley’s family and friends enough for their commitment to raising this amount of money, which has helped so many other families access hospice care.”
If you would like to donate to Kim’s Tribute Fund and help to bring hospice care to more people in our community at their most difficult time, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inmemoryofkimtrickett. All the money raised will go towards ensuring that people across North Derbyshire can access the specialist hospice care they need, completely free of charge
The photo shows from left to right, Carolyne Jayne Green, Honour Roberts, Ross Trickett (Tracie’s Son), Tracie Holocuk, Alan Wilkinson and Becki Trickett (Tracie’s daughter).