“I will never forget having a laugh with dad; he always acted silly around me,” said 10 year-old Chloe Powell, whose dad Adrian died in our care.
“We would go on long walks together, until he couldn’t walk very far – then we would lie in bed and watch films together and listen to music.
“He used to pretend to be annoyed when I beat him at racing games on the PlayStation but I know he used to let me win.”
It is these precious moments which have inspired Chloe to do something to support us in memory of her dad.
To join Chloe and our other event ambassadors at the Forget Me Not Walk on Sunday 19 May click here.
She says the hospice made him feel “special”, so organised a cake sale at her local supermarket which raised £530 to give something back.
Adrian, a factory worker from Shifnal, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 and went through several rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy after his diagnosis.
The illness made him lose a lot of weight so our doctors and nurses first helped him to feel his usual self so he could be at home with Chloe at Christmas.
But in the New Year, he was told he had only weeks left to live and returned to our Telford hospice as an inpatient.
He died on Valentine’s Day 2018, aged 51.
“Dad liked the people in the hospice and was made to feel at home. He liked looking out of the window of his room at the birds in the garden,” she said.
“It’s more relaxed than a hospital at Severn Hospice and the people that work there make the patients feel special.
“They look after people that are ill to make them better to be able to go home, and when they get too ill, make them as comfortable as possible.”
Chloe, a keen cheerleader and pupil at Shifnal Primary School, wants to continue raising money for us and has her eyes set on more fundraising later this year.
She agreed to be an event ambassador for our new Forget Me Not Walk event on 19 May at The Quarry in Shrewsbury because she knows how much of a difference we make for families living with heartbreak.
The emotional event will give those taking part the chance to remember loved ones while supporting our work.
She added: “I didn’t know what hospices would be like before dad got ill. I liked the people that worked there especially the nurses that looked after him and the craft lady who helped me make a collage the day before he died.
“They took time to talk to me and asked me things that dad had told them about school and cheerleading.
“I really enjoyed the cake sale and knew dad would be proud of me. I’m planning on holding a tombola at a local event to raise more money this year for the Severn Hospice.
“I want to support the hospice because they have to survive off donations and fundraising. They do a really great job and need the money to help them.”
The event will start at 11am and entry costs £15 for adults, £5 for a child under 15 while children under five go free. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is £35.
You can support Chloe here.
To take part in our Forget Me Not Walk on Sunday 19 May click here.