A colour­ful way to re­mem­ber loved ones

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

A MOTHER and son team will take part in a colour­ful chal­lenge in mem­ory of a fam­ily mem­ber.

Louise Carey is tak­ing part in Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care’s new­est event Colour Blast: The Scram­ble on Sun­day, Septem­ber 25 at Penn Es­tate near Amersham.

She will run along­side her seven-year-old son Hay­den in the 1km fam­i­lyfriendly colour run with three colour sta­tions, where they will be blasted with non-toxic, corn starch based pow­der paint be­fore cross­ing the fin­ish line.

Mother and son are run­ning in mem­ory of mother and grand­mother, Ch­eryl Bath, who lost her bat­tle with Pan­cre­atic Cancer in Oc­to­ber 2015.

Louise said: “Mum was a car­ing per­son and was loved by all, es­pe­cially chil­dren. She was al­ways so proud of her four chil­dren and idolised her 10 grand­chil­dren, tak­ing im­mense pride in watch­ing them grow and de­velop. She helped out at the lo­cal school with read­ing and mak­ing things for the dis­plays and assem­bly plays.

“She was also in­volved in the Brown­ies, Red Cross and St John’s badges and when she wasn’t do­ing all of that, you could find her with a knit­ting nee­dle or cross stitch in her hands.”

Ch­eryl was di­ag­nosed with Pan­cre­atic Cancer in May 2015 aged 68.

It was then that they were in­tro­duced to the Ren­nie Grove nurses, who of­fer hands-on and spe­cial­ist nurs­ing care in pa­tients’ homes.

Louise added: “They would visit once a week or some­times more if we needed them.

“They would chat to mum about any­thing, ad­vis­ing her on things that might help make her more com­fort­able, manag­ing her symp­toms so she could stay at home and help­ing her make mem­o­ries in the pre­cious time she had left.

“The Ren­nie Grove nurses were also there for the fam­ily, an­swer­ing any ques­tions or wor­ries we might have had and made sure we were all at ease. Noth­ing was too much trou­ble, even when I called at 3am need­ing help with mum.”

As part of Ren­nie Grove’s ser­vices, the char­ity pro­vides fam­ily be­reave­ment coun­selling to help those cope with the loss of a loved one.

Louise ex­plains how this ser­vice helped her son, Hay­den.

She said: “My sev­enyear-old was not cop­ing too well with the loss of Nanny, so they pro­vided sup­port for him, giv­ing him pos­i­tive ways in which he could re­mem­ber her. This is why Hay­den and I have de­cided that we would like to give some­thing back to the nurses and Fam­ily Sup­port team at Ren­nie Grove to say thank-you for all their help.”

Louise and Hay­den, from As­ton Clin­ton, are hop­ing to raise more than £100 for Ren­nie Grove by tak­ing part in Colour Blast: The Scram­ble.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to sign-up visit www. ren­niegrove.org/ colour­blast.

Loved: Ch­eryl Bath

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