Devoted granddaughter fundraises as a final farewell to beloved grandparents

A devoted granddaughter is fundraising for NHS charity Blue Skies as a final farewell to her much loved grandparents who passed away in May 2020, after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

Amy Holden, 31, from Warrington set herself the challenge of running a half marathon to show her gratitude for Blackpool Victoria Hospital after they provided excellent care for her grandparents, Ken and Phyllis Glover, in their final few weeks together.

After 67 years of marriage the couple, who lived in Normoss, passed away within the same month as each other, something Amy attributes to their adoration for one another.

“Losing parents and grandparents is hard enough but losing them in such quick succession in such difficult circumstances is incredibly painful.”

“We were unable to see Nan and Gramps in their last few days but the Palliative Care Team at the hospital was truly remarkable and we are forever grateful for all they did for us.”

Amy has set out to commemorate her grandparent’s lives by fundraising for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Charity, determined to honour them with a positive tribute.

Her plan was to take part in the Warrington Running Festival half marathon in September however; Amy will run her own 13 miles next month as the event has now cancelled.

“I want their legacy to be more than just a number or a statistic of Covid-19, so I thought this was a way to try and make something good out of a terrible situation.

Training has been a challenge as I’m not a natural born runner and it’s been incredibly hard at times because I’m alone with my thoughts, but it has really helped with my grief.”

Her fundraising page is up and running and Amy has already surpassed her original goal of £500, with the total donations currently sitting at £620. The funds raised will go towards the Palliative Care Team via Blue Skies in memory of her grandparents.

Click here to visit her JustGiving page.