A Westonian is preparing to walk Weston Hospicecare’s Men’s March on Saturday 14th March after the charity cared for his wife and sister in within a year.
The pair were both given end-of-life treatment in 2019 by the hospice and the charity has been described as “a beacon of hope” by their husband and brother Paul Newham.
Paul has turned his unimaginably-tough year into positive energy by turning to help the hospice.
He volunteered at their most recent Moonlight Beach Walk and has signed up to take part in the upcoming Men’s March to raise money in memory of his wife, Yvonne.
The Men’s March will take place on Saturday 14th March and walkers will tackle the glorious coastline between The Grand Pier and Sand Point to support the hospice.
Participants will then receive a free pint of Thatcher’s Cider, a Pieminister pie and a chance to watch England’s decisive Six Nations match against Italy.
Paul said: “I have decided to participate in the Men’s March in Yvonne’s memory and I am trying to encourage friends to either donate or participate.
“On the 24th September 2018, Yvonne was admitted to Weston General Hospital with a bowel obstruction which required surgery. A biopsy of the obstruction showed that she had stage four ovarian cancer.
“Yvonne’s first comment to me was ‘well at least I won’t get old and have to go in an old people’s home’.
“On Sunday 2nd June 2019, Yvonne suddenly became very ill. She was being constantly sick over many days, initially blaming the prawns she had eaten.
“The specialists at the hospital discovered that her small bowel was now totally blocked by the tumour and it wasn’t possible to operate. They gave Yvonne between four weeks to two months.
“Palliative care discussions followed where Yvonne expressed her desire to initially return home with end of life care at Weston Hospicecare.
“Her condition worsened and we agreed to contact the hospice to see if they had a spare bed. They were able to make a room available for her in the Inpatient Unit that day and I drove Yvonne there in the afternoon.
“I remember sitting by her bed in her room with the French windows open, the cool breeze wafting the net curtains and the noise of the birds chirping away outside as Yvonne dozed peacefully in her bed.
“It was a very serene and peaceful experience and I can’t fault the quality or kindness of the care given by all the staff and volunteers at the hospice.”
Yvonne died on Saturday 4th July 2019 and shortly after her death Paul was met with more heart-breaking news from his sister.
He continued: “On return from a holiday, my sister was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer and given just four to six weeks.
“She died on 22nd September and also had support from the hospice through the Community Nurse Specialists. It meant my mother had lost both a daughter and a daughter in-law to cancer in just a few months.”
The Men’s March covers a 10 mile route which will start and finish from the Grand Pier on Weston seafront. It will follow the beautiful footpath through Weston Woods and Sand Bay to Sand Point before following the reverse route back to the Pier.
It costs £18.50 for adults and £12.50 for children to take part. Entry will include a free pint of Thatchers Cider or a non-alcoholic alternative, a Pieminister Pie and a chance to watch Six Nations action once walkers return.
Walk alongside Paul and join in the fun by visiting westonhospicecare.org.uk/mensmarch to register. Alternatively, supporters can call 01934 423900 for registration support.
The pre-event deadline to sign up will be Sunday 8th March before prices rise for those paying on the day.