A family from Bahrain are travelling more than 4,000 miles to take part in a walk to raise funds for Pendleside Hospice.
Louise Edwards, 51, her son Hassan Abdulla 25, and his girlfriend Irmina Slawinska, 31, are making the journey to take part in the 10-mile Pendle Pub Walk in memory of Louise’s mum Sheila Edwards, who passed away at the hospice in 2005.
Louise, who is originally from Burnley but moved to the Middle East around 30 years ago, is making the visit specially to take part in the walk after trying to arrange a trip to coincide with it for the past few years.
She said: “I have wanted to take part in the Pendle Pub Walk for several years in memory of my mum, she would have loved it. Until now, because I work abroad, I've never managed to be in England during the time of the walk. I think it's a fabulous way of raising money for the hospice which is my favoured UK charity.”
Sheila died from lung cancer on April 26th 2005 just after her 65th birthday. Louise and her sister Jayne, who also lives in Bahrain, had been flying back and forth after she became sick.
“When we were told it was near the end and asked to come, we got on the first available plane but unfortunately didn't make it in time. We were welcomed at the hospice by the staff and volunteers who made us feel very comfortable and took time to show us around,” she added.
“Although it was a very sad time for us, we took comfort knowing that mum had ended her time in such a lovely place, we knew she would have loved it. There were squirrels outside her window and her bed was placed where she could watch them, something which she loved doing. It was very reassuring to us to know she had been as comfortable as she could be over her last few weeks. Since then, I've always felt the hospice is a very special place but because I live so far away it's not always easy keeping up to date with events and happenings. I think it takes a very special kind of person to work or volunteer at the hospice and they deserve all the help they can get.”
The trio have so far raised £510 through their JustGiving page, but donations are still being taken on the page.
Louise added: “I think it will be a fabulous day but I'm sure getting to the end will probably be the best bit, after what looks to be a long day.”
Pendleside Hospice would like to thank the Rotary Club of Burnley Pendleside for helping to organise the walk.For further details about the hospice or to sign up to the Pendle Pub Walk visit the hospice website at www.pendleside.org.uk.