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SLIDESHOW: Walk Ten for Marie Curie at Harewood House

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Hundreds of people turned out at Harewood House to walk 10k in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The twilight walk saw around 600 people from across Yorkshire taking part and raising money to provide free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes.

The 10k walk, known as Walk Ten, at Harewood House was just once of a series of unique events taking place at 19 different venues across the UK.

Proceedings were hosted by Radio Aire DJ Scott Makin, and following the walk there was live music, entertainment, and a fire performance to celebrate the work of Marie Curie nurses.

Marie Curie partnerships manager for the north of England Siobhan Drane said: “I want to say a huge thanks to everyone from Yorkshire for showing their support for Marie Curie at Harewood House, it was a wonderful evening.

“The walk raised crucial funds that will help Marie Curie provide care and support for people with terminal illness and their families.”

Yorkshire residents Anne Wood and her husband Clive took part in this year’s Walk Ten, in memory of Anne’s mother Margery and friend Gill.

As a nurse at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, Anne wasn’t happy that her mother was in hospital and wanted her to be in the comfort of her own home.

She arranged for her mother to live where she could take care of her but soon became exhausted. The local community nurse then offered Ann the support of a Marie Curie nurse.

Anne said: “I wasn’t keen on the idea at all about having a Marie Curie nurse but I was willing to give it a try. If I didn’t take a break mum would have been back in hospital and that is not where she or the family wanted her to be.

“Having the Marie Curie nurse for that night was an absolute God send. The practical help was just what we needed, and after checking everything was okay a couple of times after the nurse arrived I was able to get a good night’s sleep.”

Anne’s friend and colleague Gill was also cared for by Marie Curie Cancer Care at their Bradford Hospice.

Gill died three months after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Anne said: “Gill was at the hospice because that is where she wanted to be.

“Her family are so grateful for the support she received and she was so happy in those last few months.”

As well as this year’s event, Anne and Clive also took part in Walk Ten last year.

“Walk Ten is a celebration, a ceremony, very moving, a social friendly event, and the scenery is beautiful,” Anne said.

 

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