Midnight walk is a four-generation family affair

18 September 2017

This year’s midnight walk for Barnsley Hospice will be a family affair for one group of fundraisers, as four generations prepare to pound the pavements together in their pyjamas. 

Penistone-based Kerry Gaskell, 36, will be joined by her nine-year old-daughter Daisy, 50-year-old-aunt Michelle Burton and 82-year-old-grandma Jean Platts for the One Night in a Onesie sponsored walk this Saturday (23rd September).

The group are taking on the challenge in memory of Kerry’s friend Paula Ellison, who was cared for by the hospice before she passed away from cervical cancer at the age of 41.

Kerry, a nurse at Penistone Group Practice, said: “I did part of my nurse training at the Hospice and visited Paula when she was there, so I’ve seen the amazing work that goes on from both sides. Paula was so young, and so scared when she went into the Hospice, but everyone there went above and beyond to make sure she was comfortable. She had recently got married and her husband and son were able to stay there with her, so it was like a home from home.”

Kerry and her family have their onesies at the ready for the sponsored walk on Saturday, which starts and ends at Horizon Community College and is now in its 11th year.

It will be the first time that Kerry, her daughter and grandma have taken on the challenge, but the group are no strangers to fundraising together. The foursome completed the Barnsley Hospice Bubble Rush run in Locke Parke in July, where they were also joined by Kerry’s seven-year-old son Bodhi.

Kerry added: “My grandma had never run before and even had to borrow some trainers from me, but she managed to complete 5km in 40 minutes – at 82 years old. So Saturday will be like a walk in the park for her! We’re all looking forward to it, and Daisy is especially excited about being able to stay up so late. Everyone has been really supportive in terms of sponsorship as so many people appreciate what an amazing place Barnsley Hospice is.”

Saturday’s ‘One Night in a Onesie’ walk will provide a vital source of income for the charity, which has to raise over £2m a year - in addition to £1.6m funding from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

There is still time to sign up for the challenge by contacting the Barnsley Hospice fundraising team on 01226 244244.  Registrations can be taken on the night and walkers can choose from a five or ten-mile route around Barnsley town centre and surrounding villages. The event is sponsored by XPO Logistics.

Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber and provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease. It has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care at the on-site Limes Support and Therapy Centre.


Notes to editor

Attached photographs show:

The fundraising foursome: Kerry Gaskell, Daisy Gaskell, Michelle Burton and Jean Platts.

Kerry and Daisy Gaskell live on Barnsley Road in Penistone, Jean Platts lives in Athersley South, and Michelle Burton lives in Monk Bretton.

Barnsley Hospice is based on Church Street, S75 2RL. It has been providing care for people in Barnsley with life limiting illnesses, and their families, since 1994.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to www.barnsleyhospice.org or call 01226 244244.

Media contact: Mary Ferguson at Capital B Media on 01226 766900 or at mary@capitalbmedia.co.uk

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