Mum takes a midnight walk to help hospice which care for her son

Christine Breen
Christine Breen

A Linslade woman tackled a midnight walk at the weekend in memory of her son who died from lymphoma, aged just 28.

Christine Breen, from Linslade, walked six miles in support of the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity’s Midnight Walk on Saturday, July 11 with team mates Sarah McGowan and Bron Hughes.

Her son Graeme, who lost his three-year battle with lymphoma in 2011, received care and support from the hospice.

Chrstine said: “Graeme received fantastic care and support from the Florence Nightingale Hospice Lymphoedema Clinic for nearly 20 years.

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

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

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

She added: “Graeme was and still is an inspiration to us all. It was his wish that donations be given to Florence Nightingale Hospice in his name so that others may also benefit from such wonderful care and support. The hospice has supported us for many years and it is good to be able to give something back.”

The event, now in its sixth year, is hoping this year’s event will raise more than £50,000 for Florence Nightingale Hospice in just one night.

Walkers set off from Aylesbury College at midnight, on either a six or 13-mile route.

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity needs to raise over £600,000 this year to ensure the continued funding of local hospice care for families battling life-limiting illness across Beds, Bucks and parts of Oxfordshire.