I’ll go walking at midnight in tribute to my brave mum

READY TO WALK Kerry Quinton.  Inset, her late mother Barbara
READY TO WALK Kerry Quinton. Inset, her late mother Barbara
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WHEN Kerry Quinton’s mother was suffering from terminal cancer, the care and support The Rowans Hospice gave made all the difference.

Now the 45-year-old is to thank the hospice for looking after her mother by taking part in its annual Moonlit Memories Walk.

MEMORIES Kerry Quinton's late mother Barbara

MEMORIES Kerry Quinton's late mother Barbara

Mrs Quinton said: ‘Seeing my mum so ill was so hard, but I knew when she was the Rowans she was in the best hands.

‘They were absolutely amazing and always had time for her.

‘By taking part in the Moonlit Memories Walk, I’ll be able to thank them.

‘It will quite a poignant night I think. I’ll be thinking about my mum all the time.’

Mrs Quinton’s mother, Barbara Black – known as Babs – spent several weeks at the hospice in Purbrook in 1998, before she passed away at home.

She was suffering from breast cancer which had spread throughout her body, and needed respite care at the hospice,

Mrs Quinton, of Hilldowns Avenue, Tipner, Portsmouth, said: ‘At first I didn’t want her to go into a hospice, I wanted her to live with me. But it was too much for me and my family – we couldn’t look after her properly.

‘Now we’re so pleased she went to The Rowans because every time she did, it was almost as if she perked up.

‘She didn’t want to go into hospital and so The Rowans was the best place. I don’t think she would have made it as long as she did if she’d had to go to hospital instead.’

Since her mother passed away, Mrs Quinton has also seen the hospice help other loved ones and friends throughout the years.

She said: ‘Since mum I’ve seen The Rowans help other people too.

‘It’s still doing an amazing job 13 years on from mum.’

Mrs Quinton will join hundreds of other people in the Moonlit Memories Walk on Saturday, June 18 and is urging others to take part.

The 12-mile walk starts at 11pm on Castle Field in Southsea, pass along the seafront, through the Historic Dockyard, into Old Portsmouth before returning to Castle Field for breakfast.

To sign-up visit moonlitmemorieswalk.co.uk or call (023) 9223 8533.