Meet the Paice Family – the face of Moonlight walk 2020
Many walkers are registering for St Wilfrid’s Hospice Moonlight Walk on September 5 for the first time this year, many walking to remember those they have lost recently.
The Paice family are honoured to be leading the runners out at Moonlight Walk this year, in memory of their beloved Sally Paice, who brought so much love and music to so many.
Her daughter Sammie remembers the care she received, “Like most families facing terminal illness we were a little apprehensive about coming to a hospice as we thought it was somewhere you only came to die. We couldn’t have been more wrong.
“Within 3 days we witnessed a huge change in Sally. With her pain and mobility being properly managed she had a quality of life we hadn’t experienced in months. All the nurses really took the time to get to know us.”
On February 26th 2018 the family had a wonderful vows renewal ceremony in the garden of the former hospice on Grosvenor Road, happily snapped pictures and listened to music for hours on end.
It was whilst Trevor was getting online physio at home that Amanda began to talk to James in the Family Services Team, until it got to a point he said quite calmly:
Devoted husband John said:
“She had a fantastic capacity for learning and teaching music. On one date we were going to visit a pub in Barnham when I mentioned my favorite song was ‘Till there was You’ by the Beatles. Within 2 hours she had learned an arrangement and sang it at the pub that night note perfect!”
In 2019, with St Wilfrid’s help we were able to arrange one last gig for Sally, with over 30 of her previous students coming together in the Living Well Centre to serenade their teacher, their friend.
John and Sammie said:
“The whole family really believe she held on for that last gig in the Living Well Centre as it was the day after that she passed away. We’re proud to think Sally will be shining down on us as we sing and walk in her memory, raising funds for St Wilfrid’s who gave us such special memories with their amazing care.”