End of life care for brother at Essex hospice inspires sister to take on Weston Hospicecare’s Moonlight Beach Walk
A Somerset woman will take part in Weston Hospicecare’s Moonlight Beach Walk this weekend in support of hospicecare across the country.
Sarah Flower was inspired to register for the event to show her appreciation for care given across the country after her younger brother died aged just 29.
Her sibling, Ross Annear, was cared for by Saint Francis Hospice in Essex before he died earlier this year.
Sarah has encouraged family and friends to take part in the event with her in Ross’ memory, with some living locally and others travelling from Essex to take part.
Ross’ wife Chloe and Chloe’s mother Karen among other family and friends will walk alongside Sarah on Saturday night on Weston seafront.
Sarah said: “My baby brother, Ross, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012 aged just 22.
“Between December 2017 and January 2018 we received the devastating news that the tumour was growing. Ross had radiotherapy for six weeks followed by chemotherapy.
“Ross and, his wife, Chloe got married on 16 November 2018 and it was a fantastic day. Ross looked very handsome and he was so happy.
“We celebrated Ross’ 29th birthday in March and a week later Ross lost mobility on his left-hand side. This was scary because his tumour would usually affect his right-hand side.
“He was admitted to A&E and had an MRI scan, it took four days to complete and then a further two weeks to get the results. The results showed the tumour was now in Ross’ brainstem and it wasn’t radiation damage.
“In April, Ross had a seizure and he didn’t really recover. He was exhausted and lost even more mobility. Ross told social workers he wanted to be at home and cared for.
“He went home and that week we had district nurses, occupational therapists and a Saint Francis Hospice nurse come round to his house.
“Ross moved into a hospital bed in their spare room and Chloe bought a spare bed so she could sleep next to him. Ross was soon bed-bound and wasn’t eating, drinking or speaking.
“He was then referred to Saint Francis Hospice and got the biggest and best room in there. Everyone there was amazing and I can’t thank everyone enough.
“He was in the hospice for two and a half weeks and the support from everyone was just fantastic.
“The work that hospices do is simply outstanding, it made Ross’ last days comfortable, dignified and treasured by his family.
“We were able to spend as much time as we wanted with him & we knew he wasn’t in any pain at all, he had a very peaceful and pain-free passing.
“His death was pain-free and peaceful and that is the only comfort we all had.
“We have had amazing support. Now we would like to say thank you by raising some much-needed funds for Weston Hospicecare who supply the same support for people nearing the end of their lives in Northern Somerset.
“We never imagined we would need anything like this and now don’t know what we would have done without it.
“Ross was such a proud man and they really did allow him to be cared for in the best way.”
The Moonlight Beach Walk is a ladies-only walk to support the work of Weston Hospicecare by raising vital funds.
Women who wish to take part tomorrow (Saturday 14September) night are advised there are spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis. These limited places for the event will cost £20 per adult and £15 per child.