Tragic mum inspires fund-raising daughter

Grace House Appeal Midnight Walk 2010 starting and finishing at  the Seaburn Centre.
Grace House Appeal Midnight Walk 2010 starting and finishing at the Seaburn Centre.
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A TEENAGER is preparing to step out in memory of her mum this month.

Chloe Hodgson will take part in St Cuthbert’s Hospice Midnight Walk after pledging to help the hospice that cared for her mum Tracy in her dying days.

Tracy Hodgson on her wedding day in 2000.

Tracy Hodgson on her wedding day in 2000.

The 17-year-old, who was 13 when her mum lost her battle with cancer, today paid tribute to the “funny, caring mum who put everyone before herself”.

Chloe, a childcare student, said: “Mum wanted to protect us when she found out she was ill. She didn’t want to scare us with the what-ifs.

“It affected her loads and she was obviously down, but when she started going to St Cuthbert’s Hospice everything changed.”

The 34-year-old visited the Durham hospice’s day centre, where she received support from other people with life-limiting illnesses.

Chloe, who lives on the outskirts of Durham City, said: “St Cuthbert’s changed mum. She didn’t like to tell us how she felt but she talked to professionals at the hospice and it helped lift the strain of the illness.

“We saw the change in her and watched her become more like her old self. I want to help the hospice because they helped her so much.”

In January 2008, the mum of five lost her battle against the disease.

“I was so young, I didn’t fully understand,” Chloe said. “She was as strong as she could be, but seeing her ill really hurt me.

“I was devastated but somehow just kept going. Now I want to turn my sadness into something positive.”

Chloe has since become a volunteer at the hospice, helping with bag packs and promoting the annual Midnight Walk.

She has also signed up to take part in this year’s walk on Saturday, June 23, from St Leonard’s School playing field.

Chloe added: “When I heard about the Midnight Walk, I thought it seemed like the perfect way to support the hospice and to thank them for the support they gave my mum during her illness.

“I’ve spend so long feeling low about mum, now it’s time to help and give something back.”

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