T Ann’s Hospice is sharing its expertise with talented health care staff from Lithuania.
Medical student Povilas Danielius, left, and health psychologist Gryte Balsyte, right, from Kaunas, spent a week at HEALTH care worker Carrie Clarke was so touched by the bravery of two women that she is taking part in a special charity walk in their honour.
Carrie, from Knutsford, will join about 2,000 walkers in the Manchester Midnight Walk organised by St Ann’s Hospice on Friday, June 19.
It is her way of paying tribute to Caron Burns and Bev Lee, close friends who died within the last 13 months.
Carrie, who supports patients with complex care needs, looked after Caron, from Timperley, for 16 months after she left hospital.
Caron, a mum-of-two, had been diagnosed with multi-system atrophy, a progressive neurological condition, some 10 years before she died in March 2014, aged 48.
Carrie met Bev, from Northenden, through Caron and also became aware of her story which involved multiple cancer surgery before she died in St Ann’s in November.
Carrie, who works for Pulse Community Healthcare, said: “They were two exceedingly special ladies and I want to honour their memory and raise money for St the Little Hulton hospice learning more about palliative care.
Their placements were part of an ongoing partnership between St Ann’s and the Tiltas Trust, a UK charity set up eight years ago to share experience and best practice between the Ann’s. I like walking and will be doing the 10k walk with a friend Andy Wallis who’s had relatives treated by the hospice.”
The Manchester Midnight Walk leaves Manchester Central at midnight, with a music and entertainment warm-up at the venue from 9pm.
The route covers landmarks such as Manchester Cathedral, St Ann’s Square and Spinningfields.
* Entry is £20; £15 for past walkers and £10 if aged 11 to 17. To register go to www.mmwalk.org. uk or call the St Ann’s fundraising team on 0161 498 3631.