A UTTOXETER-BASED former nursing sister has been motivated to raise money for cancer carers by the death of her centenarian mother in May.
Tina Grills and her family will take part in the Marie Curie Cancer Care 10k event at Catton Park Estate on Saturday, August 31.
She has seen first-hand throughout her career how the charity’s support workers help cancer sufferers and their families, especially in their last weeks of life.
Ms Grills said: “We as a rural nursing team became closely involved with the family and wanted to provide as much professional care and support for the patient and themselves as was possible, especially in the last weeks of life.
“The Marie Curie service was an integral part of our team, the nurses were professional, caring and provided the support that enhanced our service.”
Ms Grills’ 100-year-old mum died in May and supported Marie Curie throughout her life.
She said: “She was a staunch supporter of Marie Curie and wore her daffodil with great pride.
“We will be walking to celebrate her life and remember how much she enriched our own lives.
“She was a remarkable woman, loved by all, who enjoyed life to the full, mentally and physically almost up to the end of her life.”
Ms Grills said, throughout her career, carers from the charity have been available ‘day or night’ to ensure terminally-ill loved ones could remain at home until they died without any financial burden.
The Walk 10 Catton Park event runs along a picturesque route in National Forest grounds showcasing some ‘stunning natural countryside’.
‘Local performers’ will entertain participants before they set off and, after the walk, they can enjoy a ‘twilight picnic’ and a performance from rock band Unforgiven.
A spectacular fireworks display will take place at around 10pm, the time most Marie Curie nurses begin their evening shifts.
Registration for the event costs £10, with under-16s participating for free, and dogs are welcome.
Participants are encouraged to raise as much money as possible in sponsorship fees and the walk starts at 6pm.
Further information and sign-up details are available online at www.mariecurie.org.uk/cattonpark or by calling 0845 0524184.