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London Marathon Runner Honours Late Brother

by Love Wrexham Magazine

Lacing up his running shoes to take part in the London Marathon on 21st April, Cymon Hughes joined thousands of fellow participants to complete the 26-mile challenge. Cymon’s journey means more than crossing the finish line. He completed the marathon in memory of his brother Jamie Lloyd Hughes. Cymon has raised over £1,500 on his Just Giving page so far for Nightingale House Hospice.

A Courageous Battle

Following a courageous battle with metastatic malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer which had spread to his lungs, liver, spine and brain, Jamie died in March 2021. He was 44 years old. Jamie and his family received support and care from Nightingale House during this difficult time. They want to continue his legacy by fundraising for the charity that helped them.

Talking about his brother Jamie, Cymon said, “Jamie was well-liked and highly thought of by everyone he met. A family man who enjoyed nothing more than making memories with his wife Sarah and children Megan and Liam.

“He was a keen fisherman, and as part of this passion, he enjoyed organising a yearly charity angling match to raise money for Flint RNLI Charity. He would be proud to know that this has continued in his name.

“Now, we are raising funds for Nightingale House, too. Another passion of Jamie’s was his garden, where we spent many afternoons with his family. Our gardens are now adorned with the beautiful Nightingale House Sunshine Meadow flowers in his memory.”

Jamie fishing
Jamie Hughes

Loved by Many

Reflecting on the care that the Wrexham Hospice provided his brother, Cymon explained, “Jamie spent his last 12 days at Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham. We will forever be grateful to the wonderful nurses, clinicians, and the wider team who cared for Jamie during his final days. We will never forget the kindness and compassion shown to Jamie and our family during this very difficult time.”

Chloe Deacon, Supporter Engagement Fundraiser at Nightingale House, described her admiration for the Hughes family’s commitment to keeping Jamie’s memory alive through their fundraising efforts, “I never knew Jamie. I wish I had met him. He was obviously loved by so many and a kind, caring and loving husband and father. Sarah, his wife, Cymon, and his wife, also called Sarah, have kept his memory alive and continued to fundraise in the way he would have, but no longer can.”

As Cymon prepares to tackle the London marathon, he will honour Jamie’s legacy with each stride he takes and continue Jamie’s generosity to charitable causes like Nightingale House Hospice.

For more information, please get in touch with rachelle.mclachlan@nightingalehouse.co.uk.

Cymon Hughes
Cymon Hughes

About Nightingale House Hospice

Nightingale House Hospice is an independent hospice and a registered charity (number 1035600)

The hospice has been looking at other ways to keep their finances afloat during this difficult time. Most of their running costs are met through fundraising and other channels of income generation that includes its on-site café and retail outlets that make a significant contribution towards maintaining services for those with life-limiting illnesses within palliative care.

Their services are completely free of charge to patients and their families across our catchment area stretching from Wrexham, Flintshire and East Denbighshire to Barmouth and the border towns, including Oswestry and Whitchurch.

Nightingale House hospice services are available to everyone in its’ catchment area living with a life-limiting illness.

It costs £4,900,513 each year to run Nightingale House Hospice.

That’s equivalent to £408,376 per month, £94,241 per week or £13,389 per day.

Carolyn James, Sacha Arden, Erica Wilson and Nicci Roberts
Carolyn James, Sacha Arden, Erica Wilson and Nicci Roberts

The New Inpatient Unit

In other Nightingale news, after opening the new Inpatient Unit, Nightingale House has one last part of the final phase of the modernisation project to complete: the garden areas. Nightingale House is appealing to the public to help support them in creating tranquil outdoor spaces for patients and their families to utilise.

Partnering with local landscaping company Gardens by Design, they have developed exciting plans to transform the green spaces into beautiful, peaceful areas. They are aiming to raise £60,000 to transform the gardens with the help and support of the generous people in the community.

To keep up to date with the community, click here.

Carolyn James, Sacha Arden, Erica Wilson and Nicci Roberts looking at plans

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