Last year Julie walked the Moonlight Stroll after her Mum Pam Cudd was cared for at Sobell House in 2016. She tells us about her experience.
Why did you decide to do the Moonlight Stroll?
Sobell House became our home while Mum was there. Mum went in on the 5th December and passed away
on the 13th. We’re a massive family so there was always someone there with Mum. In the day people had to go off to work, but in the evening all of us were there – 17 of us most nights!
There was so much love and respect for us and Mum. The nurses, and doctors, are like angels with stethoscopes! The whole thing from start to finish made Mum’s passing so much better and that’s why I wanted to do something to say thank you.
You raised almost £1,500. How did you do it?
I did the stroll with my friends Sarah, Laura, Carol and Katie. We set up a joint JustGiving page, and Facebook was amazing [for fundraising]. I have good people in my life who wanted to support me. People would say I’ll sponsor you and the next thing I knew it was like… ting, ting, ting! So the money kept coming. We had some really generous donations, one person gave £100, but I was so grateful to everyone.
Can you tell us about the walk?
It was really good. We were lucky that there was no rain on the night. We got there, enrolled, and felt proud of our t-shirts and our grass skirts. I had printed off a picture of Mum which I stuck to my t-shirt, so she was there with us.
I’m a Cowley girl originally so it was nice to go past some of the old haunts. We started at 9pm and finished at about 11.30pm. There were some really nice people there; you’re all there for the same reason which meant it was lovely. Everyone has their own story to tell.
The experience was really good fun, the marshals were lovely and gee everyone on. People go past beeping their horns and we were jumping in the air. It felt really friendly and happy. I’d recommend doing it with someone else or with a group of people. My eldest daughter has said she’ll do it with me this year!
A big thanks to Julie for sharing her story and for her support of Sobell House.