Last Sunday, I did the eight-mile Flat Walk in memory of my late husband, Stephen Wright, who died at Mountbatten on June 29, 2019.
While Steve was staying at Mountbatten, he decided he wanted to do the walk. By then, Steve was in his wheelchair, as his cancer was more advanced and he had fractured his pelvis from a tumour. However, he was still determined to do it and my family, friends and I joined him.
Steve, as only Steve could, never complained and continually smiled throughout. He got out his wheelchair around 200 yards from the Shide finish line and walked with his crutches to the end to receive his medal.
Why did Steve and I do this walk? For the Mountbatten nurses, volunteers, housekeepers – all the staff – and of course, not forgetting the chef, who always provided the food Steve loved the most; they were simply amazing.
The entire Mountbatten team all added to the best stay, care, support and love anyone should get when they are vulnerable and dying. They also supported me throughout.
Walk the Wight is such a small thing we can do to raise funds for Mountbatten. I continue to walk in Steve’s name and Sunday was very special.
There is a walk for everyone, regardless of ability and, by joining together as one, we can do so much for this wonderful place.
I will always support Mountbatten in any way I can. I am forever in their debt and grateful to each and every one of them.
Thank you to everyone for walking last Sunday. And to everyone, please save the date for next year – Sunday, May 14, 2023 – and join me for Walk the Wight 2023!