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6 June 2024

"I wish St Michael's was around when my mother died"

Angela looks forward to taking on the Venus Midnight Walk with her daughter

Angela looks forward to taking on the Venus Midnight Walk with her daughter

As St Michael’s celebrates 40 years of care, one of our supporters is marking her own poignant 40th anniversary.

In 1984, just a few months after leaving her role as a teacher due to ill health, Angela’s mother died from cancer. At a time when hospice care was not widespread, Angela’s father was left to bring up two teenage children on his own.

She says she wished St Michael’s was around at the time to provide its renowned bereavement support. She is supporting us by taking part in the Venus Midnight Walk this summer, together with her daughter, Juno.

“I’ve wanted to do Venus for a long time, and this is the first year Juno has been able take part as she’s now 12,” said Angela. “We’re both really excited, and I think it’s a lovely thing to do with your daughter.

“I know what great care St Michael’s provides to patients, as well as bereavement support to loved ones. My mum just had an entirely different experience at the end of life. She died in a hospital without her family at her side. She was just 48.

“As her daughter, there was no professional support around for me, and my dad had no bereavement support. I often think how much he would have benefitted from something like that.

“Thankfully, families now have access to this support through St Michael’s, and it’s comforting to know that by taking part in Venus, we’ll be helping this continue into the future.”  

Ladies, there’s still time to join Angela and Juno at the Venus Midnight Walk on Friday, 12th July. Choose from a 5K, 10K and 15K route, then get ready to paint Hereford’s streets pink.

All the information you need, including how to book, can be found here

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