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Oldham hospice inspire community with virtual walk

Dr Campbell with her two daughter taking part in the walk.

An Oldham hospice doctor has rallied her friends and family as the community come together to take part in the ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’.

When Hospice Doctor, Dr Patricia Campbell sent messages out to her loved ones to join from their locations across the country, she never anticipated that so many people she reached out to would support Dr Kershaw’s latest event, the ‘Virtual Hospice Walk.’

Dr Campbell who provides end-of-life and palliative care for patients in the In-Patient Unit at Dr Kershaw’s, had her own reasons for signing up to support the hospice where she now works and where her husband, Terry Dye, was cared for before he sadly passed away in 2015, aged just 45.

She said: “I will never forget the care and compassion provided by the staff at Dr Kershaw’s, towards Terry, myself, my daughters who were 6 and 9 years old at the time and Terry’s brother and sister, nothing was too much trouble.

“The day before he died, we spent time in the conservatory with Terry and had an impromptu movie night in the family room. My girls still remember the fun moments despite the overwhelming sadness of the situation.

“Now as a member of the clinical team at Dr Kershaw’s, I often reflect back on my own experience and use that to continue the high level of specialist palliative care that we were once on the receiving end of.”

Dr Campbell and her team of supporters from all over the country raised an incredible £1,600 and are looking forward to the next Hospice event, where they can bring out their colourful wigs again.

Dr Campbell said: “We like to take part in charitable activities for Dr Kershaw’s and the ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ was an ideal opportunity for various members of my family and friends to participate wherever they were, on a day that suited them best.

“I couldn’t wait to sign up and spread the word! Friends, family, three dogs and one cat all took part and our group, The Big Hair Don’t Care Gang, completed the walk on a sunny Saturday, dressed in wigs and rainbow tutus.”

“I was so incredibly touched by the number of people and four legged friends who took part in our ‘Virtual Hospice Walk,’ as well as to those who provided sponsorship and donations. The final total raised was above and beyond what any of us had imagined!”

Sponsored by Jackson, Jackson and Sons Ltd who were responsible for building the Hospice's new In-Patient Unit, the ‘Virtual Hospice Walk,’ which took place throughout the month of June, brought together 125 Virtual Hospice walkers from across the community and beyond, raising over £8,000, which will support patients at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, when they need it the most.

Dr Kershaw’s are always on the lookout for people who go above and beyond to support the hospice in their incredible work. To make a donation or to take part in fundraising, call the Hospice’s Fundraising Team on 0161 624 9984 or visit www.drkh.org.uk

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