Charity shop worker taking part in Night to Remember in memory of husband

Jan O’Sullivan, assistant manager at the St Barnabas House Wick charity shop, is hoping to raise over £1,000 by taking part in Night to Remember in June.

Jan, who lives locally in Littlehampton, and her team ‘John’s Angels’, hope to raise in excess of £1,000 in memory of her husband, John O’Sullivan, who received care from St Barnabas House at the end of his life.

The team are taking on the 13.1 mile route at the tenth Night to Remember midnight walk, which this year takes place on Saturday 24 June.

Jan first entered a team of walkers in 2016 and was inspired to take part in memory of her husband John.

She said: “John was first diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asbestosis in 2010. He lived with the diagnosis for six years. During this time I cared for him whilst working, then I went down to part-time before eventually giving up working completely.

“After being introduced to the hospice, John used the Hospice at Home service which was great, and then he was admitted to the In-patient Unit in his last three weeks.

“St Barnabas House were totally and utterly amazing. John was a very strong and independent person, so he didn’t want to get involved with St Barnabas at first.

“The family stayed the night during one of his final days and John woke up and just said: ‘This is heaven, thank you.’ I couldn’t fault the service we received.”

Jan admitted that it was a chance trip to the St Barnabas House charity shop in Wick that resulted in her working for the charity.

“Things were obviously really hard after John’s passing,” she said. “I moved house and came into the Wick shop just to buy some furniture and saw there was a job vacancy. I’ve been involved with the shop and St Barnabas House ever since!

“This will be the second time doing Night to Remember, the first time doing it was in 2016. The event has an amazing atmosphere; emotional but amazing.”

This year is the ten year celebration of the event, which first took place in 2008, and is set to be an extra special occasion as all three routes, 7, 13.1 and 20 mile, take the ladies to the end of Worthing pier for the first time.

Lucy Bone, Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas House, said: “We rely on events like Night to Remember and the sponsorship raised to be able to continue to provide vital end of life care to local people and their families.

“The income raised by the event over the last nine years has enabled our Hospice at Home service to reach 1,800 patients and provide 24 hour care for those in need.”

Registration for Night to Remember closes on Monday 12 June. You can register here or call the Events Team on 01903 706354.

If you have been inspired by Jan’s story and would like to sponsor her you can do so on her JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Johnsangels2017

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