Carers take on Jurassic coast walk

Dorset Echo: BOOTING UP: Weldmar nurses Jane Hargreaves, left, and Julia Miles are to take annual leave and walk the Dorset coast path to help raise funds for the trust BOOTING UP: Weldmar nurses Jane Hargreaves, left, and Julia Miles are to take annual leave and walk the Dorset coast path to help raise funds for the trust

A CARING duo will go the extra mile to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Nurses Jane Hargreaves and Julia Miles will be walking 95 miles along the Jurassic coastline and have raised more than £10,000 so far for the hospice where they both work.

The pair will be covering the distance in nine days and staying in bed and breakfasts or camping.

Julia, 53, of Chickerell, said: “We were just chatting one day and Jane said let’s do the Jurassic Coast and that was it.

“We’ve been doing a lot of training, we both walk quite a lot anyway but it’s a long way and pretty hilly.

“Death is difficult and sad for all concerned and to help someone to have a comfortable, peaceful and less painful death is very rewarding.

“Being able to do the little things make a big difference, like being able to put beds together so a partner can lie next to their loved one and cuddle them for one last time.”

Jane, aged 59, of Maiden Newton, said: “Weldmar has so much to offer people who need help and support in a difficult time. “As a charity, there wouldn’t be a Weldmar if money wasn’t raised so we are just doing our bit as so many others do to ensure that there are community nurses, day care, the in-patient unit and all support services available for those who need them.

“We thought if we’re going to do it then let’s raise some money as well.

“A few of our patients have done long walks in their time and are really interested in our challenge and have been giving us lots of advice.”

She added: “As nurses at the hospice we have time to get to know our patients and enable their last wishes.

“One of our patients loved being outdoors and we knew she wanted to be in the garden when she died.

“When the time came we put her bed outside under a pagoda covered in wisteria, with a sun shade, chairs for family members and a CD player to play the music she had chosen.

“Being able to respond to her wishes made such a difference.”

Jane and Julia will set off on May 13.

To sponsor them visit justgiving. com/jurassicwalk

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