Mum and daughter remember great grandmother with midnight walk for hospice

Honour Miller and her daughter Lynn.
Honour Miller and her daughter Lynn.
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A MUM and daughter are gearing up to step out in honour of someone special.

Lynn Miller and her daughter Katie, 18, have signed up to take part in a girls’ night out with a difference when they take part in St Cuthbert’s Hospice Midnight Walk.

They will be walking in memory of Lynn’s mum Honour who was cared for at the hospice last year after being given weeks to live.

Honour, who had never been ill in her life, had been in hospital for several weeks when she was diagnosed with bone and lung cancer, as well as a brain tumour.

Lynn, 50, of Chester-le-Street, said: “When we found out how serious it was I wanted to get her home so she could enjoy the time she had left with us.

“But the nurse told me about St Cuthbert’s Hospice and convinced me that it was the best place for her to be.”

Mrs Miller moved her mum into the Merryoaks-based hospice, where she said she was “knocked off her feet” by the efforts of the nursing team.

“The first thing the hospice asked when mum arrived at the hospice was if there was anything she wanted,” Lynn said.

“They put her in a Jacuzzi bath where she could relax, they gave her meals that she wanted, they took her outside to see the gardens and wildlife. They really made her feel like she was a special guest.

“But above all, they gave her dignity, respect and made her feel like a person again. I can hardly put into words how touching and heart-warming their love and generosity was. I’ve never met such an inspirational team.”

Honour Miller, a retired seamstress, died at St Cuthbert’s Hospice in February 2011 surrounded by relatives and friends. She was 71.

Her daughter is now looking forward to taking part in the ladies-only Midnight Walk, which she will walk with her daughter Katie, a student.

Lynn said: “Katie was so close to her grandma so it’s really important that we do something as a tribute to her and to raise money for the care we received.

“Not only was mum given a peaceful and dignified experience, but the whole family was supported. They even sent a card on mum’s anniversary, something that I would never have expected.

“It only feels right that we give something back to them.”

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