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Family to walk the whole night in memory of father

Alec Flannagan sadly passed away last year, but his family have been taking part in charity runs for the local hospice that looked after him

The family will be taking part in the Midnight walk in memory of their dad, Alec Flannagan

A Stanmore family will take part in St Luke’s Midnight Walk in memory of their dad who was cared for by their local hospice.

Alec Flannagan was cared for by St Luke’s Hospice in his last days of life and his family will be taking part in St Luke’s biggest June event of the year, the ladies Midnight Walk on Friday June 17 in his memory and in support of their local Hospice.

Alec’s daughter, Charlotte Flannagan from Stanmore, will be taking part in the Midnight Walk with her family for the second year.

Charlotte said: “After my Dad had an awful battle with lung cancer which was found to be un-treatable he spent a lot of time in hospital where he also suffered a stroke. He wished to come home to his family and be cared for in his own environment.

“My mum Vicky, my sisters Alex, Georgie, Kelly, my brother Matthew and myself Charlie all tried our very best to care for him.

“My dad’s illness deteriorated and we found it very difficult to make him comfortable and control his pain. After a few visits from St Luke’s nurses who were so lovely and caring, my Dad decided he would like to come and stay at the Hospice.

“Within a day of being there he already told us how much better he felt and how bright and welcoming it was, his exact words were, “look how much better I am”.

“We had the belief that he would be coming home after his pain was maintained and under control and so did he, which was a good focus for my dad.”

'What a way for my family to come together'

Georgie, Charlie, Alex, Kelly and Mum Vicky will all be taking part in the walk

Alec sadly passed away on February 28 and after the amazing care he received and coming to realise that St Luke’s relies so much on funding, the whole family checked the website where they saw the midnight walk.

Charlotte continued: “It was an amazing night and a brilliant experience, and what a way for my family to come together and thank St Luke’s for what they had done for my dad and to remember him.

“To see all the volunteers that gave up the time to be there and encourage all of us that night was so inspiring. It was a lovely way to give back for what St Luke’s had done for my Dad.”

The family will be taking part in St Luke’s 9-mile Midnight Walk which takes place on Friday, June 17.

Join them and over 1000 ladies as they take to the roads of Harrow to support their local Hospice.

Entry is £20 before the May 31 and this includes a pink t-shirt, water en-route, a midnight snack and a goody bag on completion of the walk. For more details visit the St. Luke's website .

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