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Marion’s Maids walk on for Grandma Kiss

Marion's Maids, above, and, below, Marion Keeling in one photo, and Marion's daughter Jan Hearn, 50, and granddaughter Charlotte, 21, in the other

Marion's Maids, above, and, below, Marion Keeling in one photo, and Marion's daughter Jan Hearn, 50, and granddaughter Charlotte, 21, in the other

More than 500 people have signed up to take part in tomorrow’s Midnight Walk for The Hospice of St Francis.

They will choose between a five and 11-mile route from the Hemel Hempstead School, gathering there from 9pm.

Jan Hearn, 50, and daughter Charlotte, 21, from Bovingdon, will walk the 11-mile route with three friends as ‘Marion’s Maids’ to remember Jan’s mum and Charlotte’s grandmother, Marion Keeling.

Charlotte used to call her Grandma Kiss, as she would always say: “Come and give grandma a kiss.” Marion also left behind husband Terry, 81.

The Berkhamsted-based hospice gave them two extra weeks with her when they thought she had hours to live.

Marion was 73 when she passed away at the hospice on Tuesday, April 29, this year after spending six weeks in hospital with terminal cancer.

Jan, who is patient services manager at Milton House Surgery in Berkhamsted, said: “When she was transferred, we were told she had hours or days at best to live. But those hours or days turned into over two weeks and what an amazing two weeks they were!

“The care and support was incredible. ‘If you were the queen of England, you wouldn’t get better care,’ Mum said, and she was right.”

Charlotte said: “I can’t thank the hospice enough for giving my grandad and the rest of my family an extra two weeks with Grandma Kiss. It was like a miracle.

“I have never known a couple as in love as these two.”

To donate to Jan, click here and to donate to Charlotte, click here

You can still sign up for the Midnight Walk on the day at Hemel Hempstead School from 8.45pm by cash or cheque. Entry is £20 or £15 for under-18s.

 

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