grandson’s epic challenge for fair havens


19 January 2016

Henry Williams, 18, from Leigh will complete the Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday 13th March, Spring Lambs Sportive 100 mile bike ride on Sunday 3rd April and the Southend Half Marathon on Sunday 12th June all raising money for Fair Havens Hospice in Westlciff, which cared for his grandmother, Pat Williams.

Pat, a former volunteer and member of staff at the hospice, was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010. Following several rounds of chemotherapy in August last year she decided to stop treatment and was referred to Fair Havens Hospice shortly after for respite. On 17th September 2015 Pat died at the hospice.

Henry, who is studying Forensic Science at Liverpool John Moore University, says, “The service Fair Havens provides is brilliant. The care they gave my Nan was second to none, any problem she had they would do their best to sort it. They went out of their way to make sure the time she had left was as good as it could be, an invaluable thing to have. The support for family is incredible as well. My Grandad, who was heroic throughout, was provided a lunch and anything he needed while by her bedside. The staff are all amazing and the whole system allows for families such as mine to say goodbye to a loved one knowing they're in safe hands.

“My Nan was very funny and she had a wicked sense of humour which I only appreciated as I got older. She was so caring and helped look after me and my siblings when we were growing up.

“I love cycling so I’m looking forward to that but I hate running! I’m doing this as a thank you to the place that gave my Nan, an amazing person who I loved dearly, somewhere to see out her last weeks in comfort with the ones that she loved. Fair Havens always made us feel welcome and even now their door is always open which is nice to hear.”

Henry’s Grandad and Pat’s husband, David, says “Pat would have been so pleased to know that Henry was doing something for the people who gave her such care and comfort.”

Fair Havens is part of Havens Hospices which also incorporates Little Havens Hospice for babies, children and teenagers. The charity provides respite, symptom management and end of life care to those with life limiting conditions across Essex, as well as support for families.

For more information on fundraising and taking part in events for Havens Hospices contact Judy on 01702 220324 or email jgrocott@havenshospices.org.uk

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