A DAUGHTER who was close to breaking point after her mother was diagnosed with cancer is taking part in a charity event to boost the coffers of the hospice that supported her.
Clare Ashmore’s mum, Anne Arnold, had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years and the stress of dealing with Anne’s condition as she progressively deteriorated, as well as juggling work and caring for her two small children, had meant the 46-year-old was at the end of her tether.
Mrs Ashmore, who lives in Barton under Needwood, was contacted by St Giles Hospice after her mum was also diagnosed and now, in a bid to thank the hospice for its care, Mrs Ashmore is set to take part in its 2014 Solstice Walk to help raise funds.
She said: “Mum was very, very poorly after she had radiotherapy.
“The care home where she was living was perfect for her dementia needs but wasn’t a nursing home and couldn’t respond quickly enough to her changing medical needs.
“Kate, the St Giles community sister, was like a fairy godmother and my saviour.
“She was so perceptive and could tell I was at breaking point.
“Kate knew it wasn’t just important to care for the person with the terminal illness but also to nurture the carer and their family.
“It was such a relief when Kate came into my world and could see how much I needed help.”
As her health deteriorated further, Anne received care from St Giles Hospice at Home nurses before passing away in July 2013, aged 83.
Mrs Ashmore added: “ The doctors and all the staff there were amazing. They’re so dedicated and so professional – I can’t sing their praises enough.”
She continues to have counselling from St Giles and says she finds it such a ‘positive and supportive place’.
She added: “My main objective in doing the Solstice Walk is to try to give something back to an organisation which has been my salvation in the last 12 months.”
The walk will take place through the streets of Lichfield on Saturday, June 21.
Anyone who would like to support Clare can do so online at www.just giving.com/Clare-Ashmore1