Daughter to take on Mendip Challenge in memory of parents who died from cancer

PUBLISHED: 19:00 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:51 25 April 2018

Hannah with her dad Michael and her mum Lois.

Hannah with her dad Michael and her mum Lois.

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A Weston-super-Mare woman who lost both of her parents to cancer will trek 20 miles across the Mendips to ensure other people can ‘continue to get amazing support’ from Weston Hospicecare.

Hannah Scriven was just nine when her mum Lois died of breast cancer, while she lost her dad Michael to throat cancer when she was 17.

Lois and Michael spent their final days at Weston Hospicecare and Hannah is hoping to raise as much as she can to help other families benefit from the ‘outstanding’ support.

Hannah, aged 21, said: “Both my mum and dad stayed at Weston Hospicecare in their final days, and the support they – and the whole family – received on both occasions was outstanding.

“My mum suffered from breast cancer for years, going through numerous rounds of chemotherapy and operations.

“The pain I used to see her in used to break my heart, but she used to stay so positive.

“Losing your mum at nine is never easy, but my dad took on the role of washing duty very well. Working as a headteacher and looking after two teenagers was a huge task, but he did it so well.

“As soon as my dad retired he sadly got diagnosed with throat cancer and had to go through radiotherapy, resulting in him having his voicebox removed.

“After a year and a half he died, just before my 18th birthday, which was a huge shock as we all thought he would’ve got through it. It hit me hard and continues to do so, because we became so unbelievably close.”

Hannah is taking part in the Mendip Challenge on June 3 to say thank you to staff who helped care for her parents.

She said: “In my mum and dad’s final days and weeks, Weston Hospicecare went above and beyond to make them feel loved.

“I cannot put into words the care they provide and the way they make the whole family feel.

“I would do anything to have them back but I can’t – however, what I can do is raise as much money as possible to ensure other families who go through this continue to get the amazing support that they receive from the hospice.”

People can walk 10, 20 or 30 miles for the Mendip Challenge. For details, visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk or sponsor Hannah at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hannah-scriven

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