LiLY Walks launched to help bereaved parents

Communications TeamNews

Members of the Teenage and Young Adult cancer team in a garden setting

A specialist healthcare team from Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham is teaming up with Fitmums &  Friends to help support bereaved parents.

Castle Hill Hospital’s Teenage and Young Adults Cancer Service, part of the Teenage Cancer Trust, will join forces with the charity to launch ‘LiLY Walks’ later this month.

The ‘LiLY’ in LiLY Walks stands for Lives Lost Young. The idea is provide parents who have lost a child or young person, in any way or at any age, with the opportunity to meet others like them and enjoy some gentle outdoor exercise at the same time.

Claire Swift, Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Teenage and Young Adults Cancer Team says:

“Helping families affected by bereavement is a sad but inevitable part of our job. The loss of any loved one can be difficult to cope with, but losing a child or a young person to cancer or indeed in any other way can be especially hard because their lives have been so short; parents always expect their children to outlive them.

Sam Barlow  outdoors, dressed in running clothing

Sam Barlow BEM, Chief Officer and founder of Fitmums & Friends

“Speaking to some of the parents we work with in recent months, we felt there would be a real benefit in giving people the chance to meet and talk with other people who have been in the same position and know exactly what they’re going through. We’re really looking forward to launching our new venture with Fitmums & Friends, which now means parents have that opportunity and can also take in some fresh air and gentle exercise at the same time.”

The first LiLY Walk will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 14 June, meeting at Beverley Rugby Union Club, on Norwood in Beverley. Distances of 1 to 3 miles will be available, with a drink and biscuit in the clubhouse afterwards. Walks will then take place at the same venue on the second Wednesday of the month each month thereafter.

Sam Barlow BEM, Chief Officer and founder of Fitmums & Friends, says: “We feel honoured to be working with the Teenage and Young Adults Cancer Service to create this new means of support as part of our wider Together In Grief programme. We want to help anyone struggling with grief through activity and the chance to connect with others who may share a similar experience. We see the positive impact of bringing bereaved people together through our work, and we hope so much that we can extend this support even further through our new LiLY Walks.”

For more information or to register for the first of the LiLY Walks on Wednesday 14 June, please scan the QR code, email or call 07870 654586.