Gill’s plea: ‘Sign up for Starlight’

Gill Edwards 56 from Woodhouse, a patient at St Luke's Hospice
Gill Edwards 56 from Woodhouse, a patient at St Luke's Hospice
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ST LUKE’S Hospice patient Gill Edwards will not be able to take part in the 2012 Starlight Walk - but she hopes hundreds of others will.

It’s just a 5km stroll through one of Sheffield’s most popular woodlands – Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam and back - on what promises to be a pleasant spring evening.

But 56-year-old Gill, of Woodhouse, knows she will not be able to join the 1,000 people who will take part to raise money for the hospice.

Gill is suffering from cancer of the kidney and the stomach, and even on a good day she knows she would not have the energy to walk that short a distance.

But she knows how important it is that the May 12 event raises as much money as possible towards the £4 million needed annually just to keep St Luke’s open.

Gill, who worked at Marks and Spencer stores in Fargate and Meadowhall before she retired in February, has been a patient at the hospice’s therapies and rehabilitation centre since last summer and is now also being supported by the St Luke’s palliative nursing team.

Gill said: “When I first went to St Luke’s, I didn’t really know what to expect and I was worried I might be upset because of everybody being ill, but it’s not like that at all.

“St Luke’s has become my own comfort zone - and I know I’m only ever a phone call away from help and support.”

The only St Luke’s service Gill has not yet experienced is the inpatient unit though, when the time comes, she hopes there will be a bed for her.

“My condition doesn’t let me do things like the Starlight Walk but everybody should try to do it because of all the work the hospice team does to provide support for people from all over the city.

“Nothing is too much trouble for the St Luke’s staff so it shouldn’t be too much trouble for people to support them.”

n For information about taking part in the Starlight Walk call 0114 235 7594, email eventinfo@hospicesheffield.co.uk or visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk