Fulfilling a promise to her brave son

Christine Breen (left) with Sarah McGowan (centre) and Bron Hughes at the Midnight Walk in memory of her son Graeme
Christine Breen (left) with Sarah McGowan (centre) and Bron Hughes at the Midnight Walk in memory of her son Graeme

Christine Breen of Mowbray Drive walked six miles in support of the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity with team mates Sarah McGowan and Bron Hughes. They were taking part in the annual Midnight Walk and hope to raise more than £1,000 to add to the £12,000 already raised by family and friends since Graeme’s death.

The Cedars Upper School part-time secretary said: “Graeme received fantastic care and support from the hospice’s lymphoedema clinic for nearly 20 years.

“He was born with primary lymphoedema in his left leg and at the age of six was also diagnosed with a very rare disease called Intestinal Lymphangiectasia. Both conditions caused extreme swelling and were very debilitating with frequent infections.

“The hospice team provided care, treatment, advice and training to reduce this swelling and maintain improvement. Words cannot describe the difference this continued treatment made to Graeme and our family.

“His well-being and quality of life improved greatly and with the pain under control he also grew in confidence. And in spite of many serious medical issues with long spells in hospital, he led a full life and had lots of friends.”

Christine added: “Now it’s payback time. Graeme wanted us to raise money for the hospice so other people could benefit from from its wonderful care and support and I promised him we would.

“He was and still is an inspiration to us all. He was such a kind and thoughtful person who never complained.

“The hospice has supported us for many years and it is good to be able to give something back.”

Graeme’s friend Sarah said: “He was one of life’s miracles, never showing his fear or frustration and retaining the most amazing courage, determination and sense of humour I have ever seen. He was the most selfless person I have had the privilege to know and will always be missed.”

> Support Christine in memory of her son at www.make-a-donation.org/fundraisers/christine-breen-1