The “exceptional” care a loving father-of-two received at Ashgate Hospicecare has inspired his wife to be one of the 2,000 participants taking on this year’s Sparkle Night Walk.
Kimberley Greaves will be joined by family and friends for the popular fundraiser which returns as a physical event on September 25th.
Her group will be taking part in memory of her husband Andrew Greaves. The father-of-two and roofer from Chesterfield, died three-and-a-half years after being diagnosed with bladder cancer in March, aged just 44.
Kimberley said: “Andrew had so many complimentary things to say about the staff at Ashgate and I knew he was in great hands too. One morning after returning to the hospice, Andrew told me how he had been tucked in at night. Just thinking about this now brings a tear to my eye, he was so well looked after.
“I’ll never forget the time I had a very difficult conversation with our children before bringing them both in to see their dad for the last time. The hospice was fantastic, and they even arranged to move Andrew to a larger room, so the children had more space to sit down at a table, if they wished to.
“I am so grateful for those last days we had together at the hospice. Despite some of our conversations being incredibly hard, we had each other. We talked about a future without Andrew, we arranged the funeral, we cried, and we held hands.
“It’s only been a few months since Andrew passed and already the kids and I are being incredibly supported by Ashgate. I worry immensely about the lasting effect losing their dad will have on the children for a lifetime. I know now that the hospice will be there to support us for as long as we need them.”
The 10km walk, which takes place on 25th September, will now start at the later time of 10pm, due to an unavoidable clash with a rearranged football match at Chesterfield Football Club.
Meanwhile, an extra 500 spaces are now available – and with staggered start times from the Technique Stadium – more participants will be able to take part in the fun and vibrant event, but in a safe and socially distanced way. Along with a one-way system there will be marshals on-hand to keep everyone safe and make sure the event goes smoothly and in accordance with government guidance.
The event, which is sponsored by Vertu Toyota, sees the route go down the A61 bypass, past the iconic Crooked Spire and through the streets of Chesterfield – starting and ending at Chesterfield FC’s Technique Stadium.
The charity will be following all government guidance and restrictions that are in place at the time of the event.
With an additional 500 spaces now being available for the event – taking the number of participants up to 2,000 – the community is being urged to join in with the fun and help support Ashgate.
Savannah Redhead, Ashgate’s Events Fundraiser, said: “I’m so glad we were and continue to be there for Andrew’s family before and after he sadly died this year.
“To see Kimberley signing up to take part in our Sparkle Night Walk in his memory is lovely, and we can’t thank her enough for the support. It’s thanks to fundraisers like her that we’re able to provide care for the families who need us most.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming back our supporters next month and now with an extra 500 spaces available for the event, why not come along and enjoy a safe and exciting evening – all while helping to support our care. We hope to see you there!”
Kimberley added: “I will be eternally grateful for how Ashgate took care of my husband and the father of my children at the end of his life.
“The hospice means so much to me and I am so grateful to get the opportunity to give back by taking part in the Sparkle Night Walk.
“Every time I mention the event to my friends and family, more and more people sign up. I can’t wait to unite with friends and family for Ashgate Hospicecare.”
To find out more about Ashgate Hospicecare’s Sparkle Night Walk and to register go to: www.sparklenightwalk.org.uk or call 01246 567250.