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‘Please support the nurses who supported me’ says little Sian charity that offered ―invaluable support‖ to


a local girl with a life-limiting disease is


holding a sponsored walk in Hemel Hempstead later this month. Seven-year-old Sian Moorcroft from Abbots


Langley suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which means she is unable to walk or stand due to weakened muscles. Over the years Sian and her family have


become indebted to charities such as the Pepper Foundation, which funds six dedicated paediatric nurses to look after children with life limiting or terminal conditions in their own homes. The Pepper Children‘s Nurses are managed by the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home Service and provide professional and loving home care on a 24 hour, 365 days of the year on-call basis. On Sunday, October 16, hundreds of people will pound the streets of Hemel in the Pepper Sunrise Walk, for the charity which needs to raise £300,000 a year to cover its costs. The walk will begin at


A walker at last year’s Pepper Sunrise Walk.


Cavendish School at 8am and is open to those over the age of 13, with the option of a five or 10- mile route. Pepper Foundation Trustee Jonathan Tweed said: ―We are hoping to double the number of


Sian Moorcroft and little brother Harry.


walkers from last year when it was a ladies only event over 200, which would enable us to raise up to £7,500. ―This would make a fantastic difference to the


charity, as it costs about £130 per day to keep a paediatric nurse ‗on the road‘, and even 30 minutes of expert care can make a real difference to these children‘s fragile lives and their families‘ ongoing worries.‖ Sian‘s mum, Emma, knows all too well just


what a life-line this service offers. She said: ―The Pepper nurses have been with us since the beginning. Because of her illness and treatment Sian had to spend a lot of time in hospital, but it was with the help and support of the Pepper Foundation that she was able to come home early which speeded up her recovery. ―They offer a specialist service that is simply


not available on the NHS. Sian is doing really well now. Although she doesn‘t need the same level of support from the nurses as she has done in the past they still in keep in touch to let us know they are there if we need them. They have been truly invaluable to us.‖ To sign up for the fundraising walk visit


www.peppersunrisewalk.org.uk or call 0845 675556.


by Kelly Lavender


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