Sean and Marie’s Orsted 10K

Wanting to give something back to St Andrew’s Hospice for caring for his mother, Sean Hewis’ wife Marie was excited to see an advert for the upcoming Orsted 10K. The annual run has a limited number of charity places available, several reserved for the hospice, and having been runners in the past, the couple decided to apply.                           

A former Keelby resident, Sean now lives in Pontefract but visits the Grimsby area regularly to see family and his father, who still lives locally.

Sean’s mum Jennifer sadly passed away at the hospice in 2019. She was only in the care of the hospice for a few hours but Sean and his family were overwhelmed by the support they received for that time, and are certain their experience of St Andrew’s made such a difficult time more bearable.

Here is his story:

“My wife saw the advert on LinkedIn, asking for runners to enter the Orsted 10K this year. I was inspired to get in touch after my parents were supported by the hospice in 2019.

My mum suffered from Alzheimers and was cared for by my dad. She became very unwell and was eventually admitted to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, in Grimsby. She was there for nine days and the staff concluded there wasn’t much more they could do for her.

On the ward, we were introduced to someone from the hospice. We contacted St Andrew’s and Mum was admitted. She was only there from about 11am until nine in the evening, but what a difference it made. Not only was she made much more comfortable, my dad was more comfortable too; it was such a relaxing place.

Mum was able to pass away surrounded by her loved ones in a peaceful environment. We’d gone from a busy hospital with lots of shift changes to a private room in a calm hospice. Of course, the hospital staff are amazing but they are so busy, just trying to keep everyone as comfortable as they can, but it is an impossible task with so many people in and out. There are only 12 beds at St Andrew’s Hospice and while it can get busy, the staff are always nearby to give you the support you need.

As a family, we genuinely believe that those few hours being cared for in the hospice gave us a warm and calm memory of a terrible situation. It really did make all the difference to us, particularly to my dad. He was invited back the day after mum had passed away, so we went with him and sat in the hub while he visited her for the last time.

Of course, nobody wants to be in a hospice – I didn’t really know much about what they do and never really thought about needing their services, but even in the short time Mum was there it was clear to see their work is also about life. It was about giving the best care possible and supporting families through difficult times.

And of course there is Andy’s children’s unit at the hospice, which supports children with severe and enduring illnesses. Staff there play a vital part in giving a better quality of life to these amazing kids. My wife and I have five children between us so it will spur us on knowing that we will also be running the Orsted 10K for the younger patients, as well as giving something back to the hospice for all that they did during my mum’s last hours. Even if we raise a couple of hundred quid, we know we will be helping a charity whose services are truly invaluable.”

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