Moonlight walk in memory of Mike

8 October 2014
The wife and son of one of Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care's most dedicated supporters are walking through the night this Saturday to raise money for the London hospice which cared for him.

Sandie, the widow of Mike Vincent, and her stepson Vincent are taking part in St Christopher's Hospice annual Midnight Walk to raise funds for the hospice's Candle Project, which supports bereaved children and their families. The five-mile walk passes through the five boroughs served by the South East London hospice. 

Mike and his daughterGlasgow-born Sandie, who now lives in Bromley, has been overwhelmed by the amount of money pledged so far. "I originally set a target of £100 but people had donated that in the first day, so I upped it to £350. I thought that was a bit cheeky, but now £715 has come in." 

Mike died of cancer at home on 20 October last year. Sandie said: "St Christopher's were wonderful, supporting Mike to die at home surrounded by his family. Their help then was invaluable, and over these last months their bereavement service has been a great help to me."  

Mike was lucid right up until the end, and Sandie was able to tell him and other members of the family that he had been nominated for an MBE. 

Despite having cancer for many years, following his retirement from a senior management position in an oil company Mike spent more than 15 years working in a variety of roles aimed at improving the life of people with cancer and their families, including a role on the National Council for Palliative Care's (NCPC) People in Partnership group. 

Jo Black, Community Involvement Manager for Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care, worked closely with Mike. She said: "Mike was wonderful. He supported NCPC for over a decade and Dying Matters since it started. He shared his personal experience and insights in a challenging but always supportive and understanding way. We miss him and are delighted to support Sandie's fundraising efforts."

Just four weeks before he died, Mike walked his daughter, Emma, down the aisle, aided by his "sparkly" walking stick. Sandie said: "I'm sure that the support of St Christopher's gave Mike helped him achieve this."

If you would like to support Sandie's walk in aid of St Christopher's Hospice Candle Project, please visit her JustGiving page

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