Cancer survivor takes on beach walk in memory of mum Eileen

PUBLISHED: 07:35 12 August 2018

Eileen Hearn (Debi�s mother, left), Debi Hearn (centre) and Kevin Hearn (Debi�s brother, right).

Eileen Hearn (Debi�s mother, left), Debi Hearn (centre) and Kevin Hearn (Debi�s brother, right).

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A woman who has survived breast and colon cancer is taking part in Weston Hospicecare’s Midnight Beach Walk in memory of her mum.

After battling cancer over the past 10 years, Debi Hearn has signed up to take part in the fundraising walk to thank the dedicated hospice staff for supporting her mum, Eileen Hearn.

Eileen died at the hospice in March, aged 81, after battling idiopathic acute pulmonary hypertension and Debi, aged 58, says the hospice offers ‘hope and positivity’ to people suffering from a terminal illness.

She said: “Mum started at the hospice by going to the Wednesday day care some years ago as a frightened lady who did not know what to expect.

“Her initial meeting allayed those fears and she met people, who turned out to be real friends, she hadn’t seen for years.

“Everyone from nursing, volunteers, to the people on reception, was awesome and how they kept smiling is beyond me.

“When mum was told in hospital she would need to go into residential care, she was very upset, but her illness progressed rather quickly and I will never forget the smile she had when she was told she could go to the hospice instead of into care.

“The staff at the inpatient unit were just awesome. Always smiling, always human and above all truly caring.

“Without Weston Hospice people would suffer in silence and would not have the chance to be shown hope and positivity can help in healing and feeling better. It’s our own little smile factory.

“I took part in the Midnight Beach Walk in 2009 after having a mastectomy in 2008 and breast reconstruction in 2009. Now after losing my mum as well as my friend’s dad and mum’s cousin in the past few months, I just want to do something to say thank you to the hospice.”

The 5km walk starts and finishes at the Tropicana, in Marine Parade, on September 7.

Last year 342 people took part and raised more than £26,500 for the charity, which is based in Uphill. The registration fee is £15 per adult and £10 per child to guarantee a place.

To take part in the fundraiser, visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk/midnight to sign up.

Weston’s Grand Pier is sponsoring the event.

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