Walk to remember our Nana

Joan Weavers, who died in May, with her grand-daughter Lottie Goodchild
Joan Weavers, who died in May, with her grand-daughter Lottie Goodchild

For one family from Aylesbury, this year’s Glo4Flo Midnight Walk will be a tribute to a beloved mother and grandmother who passed away in the care of the Florence Nightingale Hospice just a few weeks ago.

Joan Weavers died at the hospice on May 10 after a battle with cancer. Her daughter Debbie and grand-daughter Lottie wanted to find a way to thank the staff at the hospice and to pay tribute to Joan who had been such a monumental figure in their lives.

Lottie said: “We were so close and she really shaped my childhood, teenagehood and saw me grow into a woman too, not to mention heavily supporting all my ambitions

“My love of all things vintage she inspired as well and there was nothing better than seeing her face light up when I came over in a 1950’s dress or played her a big band tune.”

The Glo4Flo Midnight Walk, on Saturday, July 9, has become something that brings family and friends together, often as a memorial.

Lottie added: “My mum Debbie is actually doing it too after she heard I wanted to. Joan was her mother and best friend so it’s no doubt Mum feels the motivation to give something back for her. I think it’s so lovely that mother and daughter will be doing this side by side.

“We chose the Midnight Walk because it was specific to where my Nan was cared for and it’s a fun, different type of event.

“Such a friendly, caring group of nurses there that do this on a daily basis, they’re troopers. That all important stage of making someone comfortable can make all the difference.”

Debbie said “The hospice were extremely supportive from our very first contact with them, they came and visited mum every day at home providing excellent care which was a tremendous help to our family. Nothing was too much trouble and their kind and caring manner made us all feel at ease. It will be a great honour to take part in the Midnight Walk on the 9th July in memory of my dear Mum who is very sadly missed and also for the benefit of the very deserving charity Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.”

Registration for the Midnight Walk costs £18pp which includes the souvenir Midnight Walk 2016 t-shirt, medal on completion of the walk, and a hot drink and light breakfast at Aylesbury College at the finish.

Lottie said; “I’ll probably think afterwards that wherever Nan is, she’ll be beaming at us both and as proud as ever.”

The Glo4Flo Midnight Walk is a 6-mile or 13-mile walk around Aylesbury which starts

For more information and to sign up for the Midnight Walk go to www.gemstonewalk.co.uk or find out more about Florence Nightingale Hospice at

www.fnhospice.org.uk