Hospice’s cash boost from Midnight Walk

MEMORIES: Mary and her friends who took part in the Midnight Memory Walk for Kirkwood Hospice.
MEMORIES: Mary and her friends who took part in the Midnight Memory Walk for Kirkwood Hospice.

A WOMAN who went for bereavement counselling at Kirkwood Hospice after losing her mother has helped raise more than £1,000 for the charity.

Mary Padgett sought help after the death of her mother, Madge, last year. She decided to take part in the hospice’s 25th anniversary Midnight Memory Walk to raise cash for Kirkwood.

Mary, from Roberttown, said: “When my mother died I struggled to cope. A friend suggested counselling sessions at Kirkwood Hospice. I started sessions in April, including group therapy and one to one sessions. My outlook became more positive and things began to look brighter.

“My mum died at home and I didn’t think you could have counselling at Kirkwood unless the hospice had cared for a member of your family. But it is open to anyone going through bereavement.

“Because they helped me so much I wanted to give something back.

“Some friends joined me and we only had four weeks to prepare but we completed it in under three hours. We raised £1,765 so thanks to everyone who sponsored us.”