The first thing Kelsie did for St Wilfrid’s after her nan died was leap out of an aeroplane. “Such an indescribable feeling, I felt so confident afterwards”, Kelsie Tune said.
This year she will be joined by her mum, sister and auntie in memory of nan Jean for this year’s Moonlight Walk. “After seeing the physical route through Chichester was available again we jumped at the chance to do something together as a family to say thank you for all the nurses did for Nan”.
The Hospice at Home team managed to arrive at nan Jean’s house within a few hours of that first call, installing a syringe driver to help manage her pain, which helped bring back some of the bubbly personality Kelsie knew so well.
The St Wilfrid’s team put together a tailored support plan with Jean’s well-being in mind. In those final days they dry shampooed her hair, changed sheets, dressed her and propped up Jean’s pillows so she could rest more comfortably, sparing her daughters and granddaughter from having to do much of the care work they had been doing previously.
Kelsie remembers the nurses were all too ready to answer any questions, “I remember being worried it was somehow going to speed things up, but they were so reassuring and understanding and made it possible we had plenty of time to reminisce about the good times. Growing up as a kid she was always the one I could walk round to see for tea and cake, especially if I was ever in trouble!”
After her sister Karis had her wedding featured St Wilfrid’s wedding favours, and then bouncing along to her cousin’s K-trooathon* for the Hospice, it was Kelsie who got the them all signed up for Moonlight Walk.
“I’m most looking forward to seeing all the people there, united by the same sort of experiences as we’ve had and really celebrating nan. Having the Moonlight Walk in the diary gave us a great reason to dig out all the old photo’s again.
We’ve no plans to stop there though – me personally, I’m going to try a bungee jump after Moonlight Walk. After the precious time the nurses helped us to have with nan I can now really cherish those happy memories whilst making all new ones for her.”
You can sign up to take part or volunteer as a steward for this year's Moonlight Walk at stwh.co.uk/moonlight.
*A Ktroo-athon for the uninitiated, is a bouncy way to get around with skate-like shoes sporting rubber bands to get you springing and bouncing along like a kangaroo!