The Sparkle Sisters are back for 2023!
This September, friends, families and colleagues will be lighting up the night skies in memory of their loved ones at City Hospice’s Sparkle Walk event.
The event features a 10km night time route from Insole Court, Llandaff, to City Hospice, Whitchurch and back. Among those taking part are group of friends who are coming together to mark the five-year anniversary of losing dear husband, father and friend, Mike.
Back in 2019 on what was the first anniversary of her husband’s Mike’s funeral, Amanda Fenton gathered her friends, the Sparkle Sisters, dressed in lights and sparkly headwear and took part in the first Sparkle Walk. They laughed and cried but most importantly they joined together to remember Mike with other people who were walking in memory of their loved ones.
This September marks five years since loosing Mike and the Sparkle Sisters are coming back together as a large group to light up Cardiff to remember Mike and celebrate his life.
In 2017, fit and healthy 58 year old Mike was sadly diagnosed with stage 4 terminal bowel cancer and sadly passed away 11 months to the day he was diagnosed. It was shortly after his diagnosis that he was referred to the care of City Hospice.
Amanda, who is now employed by City Hospice explains,
“At first, we were shocked and frightened to be told Mike was being referred to City Hospice. It was a very scary time for Mike and us as a family. During the time Mike was looked after by City Hopsice he received the best care. His consultant, Dr Margred Capel, took time to really get to know him and what was important to him.
In addition, the team looked after us as a family and I benefited hugely from counselling to help me deal with the enormity and shock of his terminal diagnosis and reflexology helped me sleep at a time rest didn’t come easy. When the worst happened, the bereavement counselling provided by the hospice was invaluable.”
Amanda will also be remembering her Mum and best friend Dave who have since both also sadly passed away and were cared for by City Hospice. Amanda went on to say,
“Mike received the best care at the end of his life and City Hospice became our safe space during the worst time of our lives. Sadly, friends in my group have also experienced their own bereavements in the last few years and the Sparkle Walk is a lovely opportunity for us to come together and remember our loved ones.
I am overwhelmed that my lovely group of friends want to come back together to remember Mike five years on at this special event and in doing so supporting the work vital work of City Hospice. We are all really looking forward to it.”
If you would like to support Amanda and the Sparkle Sisters as they return for this year’s Sparkle Walk, click here or if you would like to take part in the event yourself, you can find out more information here