Jodie Sheehan is aiming to raise £250 for St Barnabas House by taking part in the hospice’s Night to Remember midnight walk on Saturday 24 June.
Jodie, 27, from Worthing is walking with her auntie, Ruth Hughes, in memory of her grandfather David Hughes. The pair are aiming to raise £250 in sponsorship.
This year will be the second time Jodie has taken part having previously done Night to Remember in 2015 with her mum and sister.
Jodie said: “We are doing the walk in memory of an amazing man who was a brilliant father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle.
“In December 2014 he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer which unfortunately, on 25 June 2015, he lost his battle against.
“The first time we did Night to Remember we had lost my grandad two days before and this time it’s the day before the second anniversary.”
Although her grandfather was not cared for at St Barnabas because he didn’t live in West Sussex, Jodie recognised the importance of the work hospices do and it encouraged her to support her local hospice.
She added: “I have friends who have had family cared for by St Barnabas and my dad, Cliff Sheehan, worked for the hospice as a driver for a couple of years, delivering and collecting items from people’s houses to sell in the charity shops.
“We have decided to do the 20 mile challenge to raise vital funds for an amazing and local charity. St Barnabas not only offers care services to patients, but also to their families, whether in the community or at the hospice itself.”
Since the first time it took place in 2008, Night to Remember has gone from strength to strength, with last year’s event raising a huge £135,000 for the Hospice at Home night service.
Hospice care is invaluable for many patients who prefer to stay in the comfort of their own homes at the end of their lives.
While the ladies participating in Night to Remember walk through the night, the St Barnabas Hospice at Home Team will be providing support to patients and families through the difficult night-time hours.
During 2016, 409 patients were referred to the Hospice at Home Team for end of life or palliative care at home.
The team, which operates a night sitting service from 10pm to 7am, made 389 night sit visits and delivered 3,562 hours of care as a result of those visits.
This year will mark the tenth time Night to Remember has taken place and it 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.
Registration for Night to Remember closes on Monday 12 June. You can register here or call the Events Team on 01903 706354.