The Yates family story

Seven and a half years ago Kerry Yates' dad was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of oesophageal cancer. This is when she first became aware of St Wilfrid’s. Her father came to stay with us as an inpatient for the last week of his life and she remembers lots of little things that the staff did to make this time more bearable for her and her family. 

One night when Kerry came to visit it was pouring with rain and the staff immediately offered to take her wet clothes and dry them whilst giving her mum a cup of chamomile tea – the only thing she could stomach. She remembers these little things with fondness and said she never once felt like she was rushed or needed to go, she always felt welcome and that the staff couldn’t do enough for them all.

All of these memories have stayed with Kerry and she and her three boys decided they wanted to do something to thank the staff and raise awareness of the work we do.

One of Kerry’s sons wanted to do the Moonlight Walk and had asked on several occasions to take part.  But having three sons, all with varying degrees of autism, Kerry knew this would not really be a suitable activity for them to take part in and after some thinking and planning, the ‘Adventure Walk’ was decided upon.

On 12th April 2017 Kerry and her three boys took on a 15 mile walk in and around Chichester. Every mile and a half they took a break and took in the lovely views. Starting the walk at 10.30am they stopped at the halfway point for some lunch and chocolate cake. They then managed to feed some ducks and continued to walk the return journey getting back home around 6pm.

Kyle – 17, Dylan – 9 and Cody – 4 all were absolutely thrilled that they had completed their challenge and had managed to raise some money as well as awareness – they were still awake at 10.30pm that night as they were so excited about what they had achieved!

So far the boys have raised a total of £95.00 and they are all extremely proud of their achievements. I think they're all superheroes for doing something so special.

Kerry Yates

Thank you Kerry and the boys for taking part in this amazing adventure for us!