Sisters Liberty and Matilda are taking on a 100km hiking challenge around the Lake District in memory of Grandma, Mary.

1st June 2022

Sisters Liberty, 28 and Matilda Henry, 30 from Holbeach, Lincolnshire are taking on the challenge 100km around the Lake District in a loop, starting and finishing in Kendal, on 11th June. There will be hills, fields, paths, tracks and some of it around Lake Windermere.

“We have both always been sporty people, we did gymnastics from ages 3/4-18/19 and have played netball since secondary school! We’re also regular skiers/snowboarders too, but our advice to anyone, with any fitness level is – just do it!

“St Barnabas have been brilliant at keeping in contact and sending advice, tips for fundraising and general encouragement along the way. You won’t ever feel on your own with the training, so it’s the perfect way to get started.

“We have both supported St Barnabas for 8 years, since as a family we became aware of the Hospice when they helped our Grandma, Mary Harpham.

“Grandma was a one of a kind Lady; Loving, kind and outgoing! Baking was a passion and a skill she past on to every generation, from lemon to fruit cakes (with plenty of alcohol soaked in!). We all have very fond memories of days with Grandma and Grandad on their farm, cakes in the oven and playing with the dogs (St Bernard’s, Golden Retrievers and Jack Russell’s).

“Grandma’s health deteriorated quite quickly, which drastically impacted on all the family. She was the life and soul right to the end at 92 years of age. We had Hospice at Home nurses visit from St Barnabas caring and supporting grandma towards the end, which meant she could accomplish her final wish – to be at home with us “around her.

We won’t ever forget the relationship the nurses built with Grandma and the family. It was such a difficult time, but they made us all feel supported.”

The 11th of June also happens to be our 40th anniversary of providing hospice care to families of Lincolnshire who need it. Thank you so much ladies for choosing to support our Hospice in this milestone year, in memory of your Grandma, Mary.

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