Cornwall LivingIssue #63
Ready, set, glow!
Get set for Cornwall Hospice Care’s Night of Neon colour run.
This wonderful Cornish charity’s night-time colour run is back on Saturday 14th October. Sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management and Flambards Theme Park, this family event is set to bring a glow to Helston!
“At St Julia’s it was calm, warm and, really, like a home from home. The staff were absolutely brilliant.”
The four kilometre run starts at 7pm, with a new route around the park, as well as paint stations, music, an electric atmosphere and an improved start and finish area. The best part is, children as young as five can take part, so the whole family can get involved!
Among those glowing for the adult hospices of Cornwall will be Kat Paddington from Camborne, whose story helps explain how those taking part can make a difference to those with terminal illness. The first time she experienced the care at St Julia’s Hospice, Hayle, was when her mum, Avril died after battling pancreatic cancer. Then, in a terrible twist of fate, she found herself back there when her boyfriend Gavin found himself in need of specialist care towards the end of his life. She tells us: “At St Julia’s it was calm, warm and, really, like a home from home. The staff were absolutely brilliant. All my friends came down, even my dog Riva went in.
“Gavin loved it there. All his friends came and at one time, we had 19 people in his room. That’s how great St Julia’s is. He said he felt safe there because there was always someone on hand if he needed them.”
Kat, who will be taking part in the run for the second time, says the money raised will make a difference to those families who find themselves supported by Cornwall Hospice Care.
“If we hadn’t experienced St Julia’s, I don’t think I’d be smiling now. I was there with mum and Gavin nearly 24 hours a day. I’d cared for mum, but the staff took a massive weight off my shoulders. I felt I could trust them and that was a huge step. Hospices are bright, cheery places. There’s nothing scary about them whatsoever and it’s not all about death. You have good times in there, you think you shouldn’t and that it’s all doom and gloom, but we had some really good times. In fact, if anything, we just made more memories, and to me that’s precious.”
"At St Julia’s it was calm, warm and, really, like a home from home. The staff were absolutely brilliant."