Hospice's care for son inspires Midnight Walk in his memory
After losing her son to a rare and incurable form of cancer, Juliet Millard will be walking through the night for charity in his memory.
Mrs Millard will join around 800 women for this year's Bath Midnight Walk, in aid of Dorothy House.
Her 22-year-old son Carl John Wheeler, who was known as CJ and grew up in Peasedown St John, died at the Winsley hospice just three weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.
Mrs Millard said he received fantastic care, and wanted to express her gratitude by taking part in the event next month.
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She said: "We noticed such a difference within hours of CJ being at the hospice.
"The atmosphere was so different from hospital – the whole family was looked after and taken care of.
"Being at Dorothy House meant that I have good memories of CJ's last few days.
"We sat watching the stars, in that peaceful place, and that's a lovely memory to hold on to.
"We felt nothing was too much trouble for the staff, they looked after us all so well."
Mrs Millard and her family have set up a Dorothy House Tulip Fund in memory of CJ, who worked for Argos in Bath, and have already organised fundraising events, including a charity football match.
She said: "He had so many friends – there were more than 500 people at his funeral, which was really a great celebration of his life.
"He is terribly missed but, by fundraising for Dorothy House, we're keeping his memory alive and making sure other families receive the same high level of care that we did.
"Nothing will ever bring him back, but at least I feel we're helping others, in his name."
The five-mile walk starts at SouthGate in Bath on the stroke of midnight on Saturday, September 14.
To find out more, download an entry form or to sign up online, visitwww.bathmidnightwalk.co.uk or call the Dorothy House fundraising team on 01225 721480.