Kerrie Turner is doing the Great Somerset Walk so that other families can receive the same care as her grandmother, Thelma Moore.

Joining her at Wimbleball Lake on Sunday, March 25, will be her son Jacob, brother Harry and sister Beth. The 13km walk in the beautiful surroundings of Exmoor will be an opportunity for the family to remember Thelma, who sadly died in September 2016 at the age of 72.

Thelma was cared for at home in Highbridge by our community nurses after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis in April that year.

“Nan wanted to stay at home,” said Kerrie, 32. “It was St. Margaret’s who were there to look after her, talk to her and make sure she was ok.

“She loved the care and the nurses coming round. My nan was the rock of the family so she always tried to be strong for us. When the hospice nurses came round, she wanted to be alone with them because it was her chance to be honest and explain how she was feeling.”

St. Margaret’s Hospice cared for 3,800 people in Somerset with life-limiting illnesses last year. Like Thelma, the majority of patients are cared for at home.

Kerrie, from Burnham-on-Sea, is aiming to raise £200 in sponsorship. This will be the second time the family has done the Great Somerset Walk. They also took part in the Night Walk in Yeovil last year, and Kerrie supports St. Margaret’s by playing our Weekly Prize Draw.

Thelma was passionate about her work as a counsellor, spiritual medium, acupuncturist and Reiki therapist. The family are aiming to raise over £1,000 for St. Margaret’s by auctioning her collection of books and pictures on Facebook.

“I just feel lucky to have had my nan,” said Kerrie. “Although she’s no longer here, I know other families are going through exactly the same struggle and if St. Margaret’s are able to help them, raising funds is a way for me to give something back.”

There is still time to sign up for the Great Somerset Walk. For more information or to book your place, visit