I'm fundraising for St Ann's hospice for their invaluable care and support to my husband Michael Hall, me and the family
I am challenging myself to do 5 km walk from my house to Blackleach in Walkden, Swinton. I'm doing this in loving memory of my wonderful husband Michael Hall and to continue fundraising for St Ann's Hospice, because they took care of him very well and gave us excellent support for the 6 months that he was ill, and then after he passed away.
There is an unfinished model railway, designed and made by my husband in the shed of our house. He was diagnosed with the final stage of pancreatic cancer in early August 2017 and he started his railway model in early September 2017. It was a big project and something he really enjoyed doing, with support and help from all family members, and of course with huge and very important care and support from St Ann's Hospice. Michael spent a lot of time in the shed with his model every day, or whenever he could, during his brave battle. I remember very well that sometimes the specialist nurse from the community palliative care team even visited him in the shed. And of course, it was also the ideal place for family members, relatives, friends as well as neighbours to visit him.
Michael used to be a member of groups such as the Model Electronic Railway Group and British Railway Modeling. We also went with him to some model railway exhibitions in Manchester and outside Manchester, where he could meet others who have the same hobby and buy stuff for his model. It was also a good chance for our family to spend time together. I have to say that all family members were inspired by Michael's passion and determination about railway models and trains, especially our grandson Adam, who was 5 at the time. Michael shared with me and the family his plan for the design and layout, which was a combination of Alnwick in Northumberland, Manchester and Vietnam. He chose N gauge for his model. During his last Christmas family holiday in December 2017, there was one day when his elder daughter Catherine, Michael and I went around Alnwick to take photos of the town from different angles to help him build his model.
As a main carer for my husband, I found he could do it because he was supported so well by the excellent St Ann's team and their amazing services. They made him as comfortable as possible, encouraged him, listened to him and deeply understood what he was going through. My family and I could not say thank you enough to St Ann's Hospice for their excellent services and very important support to people who suffer a life-threatening illness, like my husband, and their families.
Please help me to help St Ann's Hospice, where "every day makes a difference", by sponsoring me for my 5 km "Manchester Virtual Walk" on June 27th 2020. Please donate whatever you can. Thank you very much in advance from the bottom of my heart for your continued support and generosity.