Oscar, 2, plans charity walk in dad’s memory

Martin Gardner posted on Mar 11 2022

Two-year-old Oscar Peachey is preparing for an important walk which he hopes will raise much-needed money in memory of his dad.

Oscar and his mum, Lisa, will walk a mile along Blackpool’s seafront in memory of dad Chris on 15th April, marking one year since he died at Trinity Hospice.

Chris, 38, was a well-known Seasiders season ticket holder, and friends and family donated thousands to try to get him to America for ground-breaking treatment for his aggressive oesophageal cancer. Sadly, his condition took a sudden turn for the worse, and Chris spent his final days at the Bispham hospice.

Lisa said: “Chris was in the hospice for five days. That doesn’t seem like a long time, in in those moments, it was a lifetime.

“I’d been caring for him – doing everything for him – for five months. For those five days, I was his wife again. I could finally cherish our moments together, knowing they were limited.

“Chris had been reluctant to get the hospice involved because he worried it was accepting it was the end. But I was giving him so much care, I got to the point where I simply couldn’t do it anymore on my own.

“I was surviving on four hours of broken sleep, and Chris was in so much pain.

“The nurses from the hospice started to call to make sure we were both alright, and the Hospice at Home nurses would come to see us during the night.”

Lisa said Chris went into Trinity to help manage his medication, but deteriorated while he was there.

“We both just seemed to relax as soon as we arrived at the hospice,” she added.

“For so long, I hadn’t been able to be Chris’s wife or spend any quality time with him. We knew the end was close and what we were facing, so those five days were so important to us both.”

Lisa and her friends and family held a fundraising evening last year, and she hopes to build on her support for the hospice with Oscar’s walk.

She said: “We have a lot to thank Trinity Hospice for. If Oscar can raise some money by walking a mile in Chris’s memory, we know it will mean so much to the hospice and it will be such a meaningful tribute from us to Chris.”

Michelle Lonican, Trinity’s Community Fundraising Manager, said: “Oscar’s walk is a wonderful way to remember his much loved and much missed dad, while supporting our work which made such a difference to his family.

“We love getting to know our youngest fundraisers, and wish Oscar so much luck with his fundraising and for his walk.”

You can support Oscar by making a donation online at www.justgiving.com/lisa-peachey1.