Star Walk: Saint Francis Hospice fundraiser to stroll in memory of husband
PUBLISHED: 10:23 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:43 09 June 2017
A woman who lost her childhood sweetheart to brain cancer has been shown “there is life left” for her, through working at the hospice which cared for him.
Teresa Mottram, 30, is a fundraiser at Saint Francis Hospice, where her husband Rob spent three weeks before succumbing to the disease last July.
He had been dubbed the “miracle man” by Queen’s Hospital staff for battling the illness for eight years, having been given just 18 months to live.
This gave Teresa and their daughter Lily-May, now four, time to make more precious memories with him, and the mum will now pay tribute to her husband by leading the Havering-atte-Bower charity’s popular Star Walk next month, a 10k night-time stroll in Romford.
“Saint Francis Hospice gave Rob back the dignity he deserved and the most peaceful and pain-free death possible,” said Teresa, of Romford.
“Rob wanted to come here so I could be his wife again and not have to worry about his medication and being his carer.
“The hospice became a home from home for us. We got to know all the staff and I felt like we were under this big orange umbrella and everyone was so kind and considerate to us all.”
Teresa’s mum Ellen Myers was also cared for by the charity, before she lost her 25-year battle with cancer in 2012, and she took part in a Star Walk with other patients from the day therapy unit, who dubbed themselves ‘The Day Care Dollies’.
“This year’s Star Walk will be very sentimental and emotional and a privilege to be walking in memory of Rob and my mum,” said Teresa.
“Coming to work here shows me that there is life left for me and I am giving something back. Being in the environment where he died makes me feel especially close to him.
“I was 17 when I met him and he is still my best friend and the love of my life, and always will be. In Lily-May I have my mini Rob.”
The Star Walk kicks off from 9pm on July 8. Call 01708 771427 or visit sfh.org.uk for more information.