Dad vows to help hospice to thank staff for helping his son
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 January 2018
A dad is raising money for a children's hospice in Wraxall to thank the staff for the 'amazing' support they gave to his family.
Darren Walker’s son Morgan suffers from cerebral palsy after he was born eight weeks premature.
He suffered a middle cerebral artery stroke after his brain was starved of oxygen and his parents were told he might never walk or talk.
Darren said: “Our little fighter proved everyone wrong and walked at 17 months and can talk, he even attends a mainstream school, although he requires the support of a full time one to one support.”
At aged three, Morgan was referred to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), as doctors felt his condition was life-threatening.
Darren said: “We declined the support of the hospice for a couple of years as there is a real stigma attached to the word ‘hospice’ and felt it would be a sad and depressing environment for all of us.
“It was only when we attended an open day that we realised what an amazing, fun and friendly environment it actually was. Morgan and his older sister loved their time there so much that we decided to use our allocated time and book a stay.
“We were made to feel so welcome and although it was hard to leave Morgan’s care and medication in someone else’s hands, we soon began to trust and feel comfortable with the process and staff and it gave us the respite we so badly needed.
“Morgan is very able physically and he and his sister, Anais, had so much fun with all the games, playrooms, the jacuzzi and softplay, we were amazed by how much there was to do and how much fun the children would have. The sibling workers always made sure Anais was entertained and also helped with school work.”
Thankfully, Morgan has grown stronger and no longer needs support from CHSW, but Darren is keen to raise as much as he can for the charity.
One 77 Mortgages, where Darren works, has chosen CHSW as its charity of the year and £1 from every new mortgage will be donated to the cause.
Darren said: ”I will always remember the fun times we had there and the people we met, which is why I am so passionate about supporting the hospice in any way I can.”