17 September 2020

Running in memory of mum

Jo Milligan was first introduced to Rennie Grove Hospice Care after her mum was diagnosed with motor neurons disease in 2019. The nurses were there for Jo and her family during the last days of her mum’s life. Read Jo's story below:

 Jo (right of centre) and her team taking part in last year's Herts 10K for her mum

"My wonderful mother was unfortunately diagnosed with MND in April 2019. As her illness progressed we requested some support through the Specialist MND nurse for some counselling for my mum to help her come to terms with her limited life expectancy, and to also give the family some support. She referred us to Rennie Grove.

"My mum had an operation to have a PEG inserted to help with her drinking and feeding so we could feed directly to her stomach. Although the operation was successful, my mum passed away days later on 8 July 2019.

"Luckily for us the Rennie Grove support came just at the right moment right after her operation. How we would have got through those last days of my mum's life without them, I can't even begin to imagine. They walked into a house of complete panic and turmoil and turned it into a house of peace and acceptance. The nurses were with us all day and on call all night for the last two and a half days of my mum's life, giving pain relief, talking to her, propping up the family and allowing my mum to die peacefully in her own home.

"The support we had made a completely unbearable situation into a time in which we could support one another, say goodbye, and watch my mum pass peacefully away without pain surrounded by love. We as a family can never repay the thanks for allowing this.

"We ​decided that we wished to support Rennie Grove to continue to help families in this situation. We asked for all donations at my mum's funeral to be made to Rennie Grove and also decided to run Herts 10K to raise some more money. So October last year 2019, my three children plus partners and myself ran and raised £1,500.

"We realise that this support needs to be ongoing because no matter what else is happening in this world, patients and their families are still just as much in need of the tremendous support we got from Rennie Grove. I will be running/walking due to a knee injury, the Virtual Herts 10K this year, and will persuade other members of my family to join me in memory of my mum to allow others the luxury of Rennie Grove support."

You can help Rennie Grove continue to support families like Jo’s. The virtual Herts 10Kand Half Marathon gives you the opportunity to plot a 10k or half marathon route in your local area and fundraise to support these much needed services.  Every penny you raise will help Rennie Grove provide care and support for local people. Sign up today at www.herts10K.com.