Zoe Barker, 29, of Winscombe, and her dad, Steve Barker, 54, also of Winscombe, have decided to take on a 10,000 ft. skydive to raise funds for Weston Hospicecare this September. Zoe’s mum, Lisa, was cared for by the hospice’s In-Patient Unit team before she died earlier this month.
Although Zoe’s mum and dad are divorced, Zoe said her dad has been very supportive since her mum Lisa was diagnosed with a brain tumour last May.

‘Signing up for a skydive is something my dad and I have always teased each other about doing,’ Zoe said. ‘I saw it being advertised on Facebook and thought now’s the time!’

Zoe’s determination to take on a fundraising challenge in aid of the hospice came from seeing the work that the team at Weston Hospicecare, who stepped in to offer care and support after Lisa had a severe seizure, does. Previously, Lisa was living with and being supported by Zoe.
‘The hospice are amazing with her,’ Zoe said. ‘It was really hard at first not to be her 24-hour carer anymore, but each day, my sister Abbey and I go in to spend time with her. It’s nice to be her daughters again, now we know she’s looked after.’
After struggling with several treatment options, including radiotherapy and surgery, Lisa made the decision to focus on making the most of the time she had left, a decision that Zoe called ‘brave’.
‘We’ve enjoyed making amazing memories as a family, including a cruise and lovely Christmas,’ Zoe said. ‘We also arranged a get-together for her 50th birthday in February, and we’ve also organised a family fun day, where we raised more than £2,500 together for Brain Tumour Research. My sister Abbey is expecting her second child, due in August, and we know it will be extremely unlikely that Mum will get to meet him, which is sad to think about.’
However, Zoe is keen to highlight the importance the hospice has played in her Mum’s care, which has made her determined to raise funds for the hospice.
‘If it weren’t for this charity and the facilities they have, I’m pretty sure that Mum would require a nursing home at this stage, which at the age of 50 would be an awful decision for us to consider,’ Zoe said. ‘They are amazing, kind and brilliant at caring for people and families at such emotional, hard times in life. By making her feel so comfortable and settled for her last weeks and days, the hospice has made me feel so much better, too. I just want to do as much as I can to make her proud, and raising money for the hospice will definitely be something that does that.’
To find out more about Zoe and Steve’s skydive, or to make a donation, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Zoe-Barker4.
Please note: A version of this article was published in the Weston Mercury on 18th May, shortly after Zoe’s mum Lisa died. To read it, please click here.
Menu
  • Donation

     

     

    Click here to support our A MINUTE A MONTH campaign.

     

    Thank you so much for supporting your hospice!

    All donations, big or small, are vital and provide compassionate end of life care to local people.

    Making a donation is easy and secure, just fill in the form below.

    £
    Keeping in touch...
    Select Payment Method
    Personal Info

    Billing Details

    Weston Hospicecare

    1.00
    Donation
    Reclaim Gift Aid

    Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Weston Hospicecare to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Weston Hospicecare we can claim back 25p from the government.

    By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like Weston Hospicecare to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Weston Hospicecare will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

    What is Gift Aid?

    Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Weston Hospicecare receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

    All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

    The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

    Take me to my donation »

    Terms

    Donation Total: £10.00 One Time