SALLY McDonald and Jane Shaw are best friends with a very special bond – both their families have been touched by the special care offered by St Luke’s Hospice.
Sally’s dad Alan Beaumont died at the Sheffield hospice five years ago after suffering from vasculitis, the condition that attacks the blood vessels, veins and arteries.
Jane’s dad Terry Peet became a patient at St Luke’s last year as he battled against cancer.
When Terry died last May, Jane, her brother Kevin and the rest of the family decided they had to take part in the first St Luke’s Starlight Walk – even though it was held just a day after Terry’s funeral.
With best friend Sally joining in as a tribute to Alan, Team Peet became a star attraction at the walk.
And now they are featuring in the city-wide poster campaign for the 2012 Starlight Walk, encouraging every other family to sign up for the 5km challenge from Endcliffe Park to Forge Dam and back on the evening of May 12.
“It was a brilliant evening and we can’t wait to do it again,” said Sally.
“There was a fantastic atmosphere, quite emotional because, like us, many people were doing it in memory of people they had lost, but at the same time very inspirational.”
Last year Team Peet had eight members – both family and friends – but Sally and Jane are aiming to have even more people walking in memory of Alan and Terry this year.
“My father was transferred to St Luke’s for the last few days of his life and in that time he was transformed into a totally different person,” Sally said.
“St Luke’s helped him and it helped the whole family and they did the same for Jane’s dad too.
“That’s why it’s so important to take part in the Starlight Walk – St Luke’s is a fantastic cause and without it many people would have no quality of life when they need it the most.
“All I know is that my father had 100 per cent quality of life restored to him for the last 11 days of his life and without the generosity of the people of Sheffield that wouldn’t have been possible.”
The Starlight Walk begins in Endcliffe Park with live music and entertainment from 4pm, with the actual walk beginning at 8.45pm.
Individual registration costs £15 per person or £10 per person for groups of six or more, while young people aged five to 15 can also take part for £10.
n For further information call 0114 2357594, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk.