I am proud to sponsor Part 1 of the SHT (Chichester to Barnham) in memory of my very dear aunt, Hilda Wadham. She came to live with me in 2009 when it became apparent that her memory problems meant she couldn’t live alone. I have always admired her; she was a truly remarkable person before Alzheimer’s took over.
My aunt’s love of walking began when her school was evacuated to the south coast during WW2. She had grown up in London and, with a rather Victorian mother, her life had been very restricted so the open landscapes up on the South Downs and the coast from Chichester to Worthing is a very dear memory for her.
I have inherited my aunt’s love of walking and have every intention of walking this part of the Sussex Hospices Trail in her memory, knowing that she is with me every step of the way. I will be wearing her walking boots, which are a perfect fit, and then celebrating with a cup of strong tea which I know she would have found essential!
The Sussex Hospice Trail is a wonderful way of celebrating my years with my aunt and also my being a Trustee for the Friends of Sussex Hospices. During these years with the charity I've made many new friendships and worked in partnership with people I admire as we have raised funds for a very worthwhile cause.
My sponsorship is small price to pay for this. I am very proud to be a tiny cog in the huge wheel of the organisation that has created this trail for the appreciation of generations to come. My aunty would have loved it too!
Di Steele, January 2016