Catherine's story

Alt textA woman whose brother was cared for by LOROS has told how she and her 71-year-old mother will be taking on this year’s Tower Run in his memory.

Catherine Sloman, of Lutterworth will be climbing 351 steps this July, almost two years after her brother Graeme Sloman died at LOROS, having been diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2018.

Thanks to LOROS, Catherine says that Graeme, who was just 40 years old, was able to enjoy one last BBQ with his family and friends, a memory that will be treasured forever.

“I remember the day Graeme went into LOROS and called me. That was the first time in what felt like ages, that he sounded happy,” says mother-of-two Catherine.

“They just understood him at LOROS. Graeme, who was a groundskeeper, felt more relaxed there, especially because he could look out into the garden.

“I was able to take the kids to see him, plus, family and friends could visit as and whenever they wanted.

“Everyone at LOROS was just so good to him.”

Graeme was a very independent man, explains Catherine. She says: “When Graeme got poorly, it was a struggle. It just happened, all of a sudden, none of us were really prepared for it.”

Catherine says that when Graeme died, the team at LOROS created boxes for her two children, to help them remember their uncle and understand what had happened.

“Graeme doted on the kids, so it was horrible for them when he died,” Catherine added.

“The thing is, it wasn’t just the care they gave to Graeme, it was the support they gave us afterwards too. Everyone was just so thoughtful and kind.”

Now, almost two years later, Catherine and her mother, Sue, will be climbing the steps of Leicester’s St George’s Tower to raise money for the Hospice.

“Mum will smash it, it will be me trailing behind her,” Catherine laughs, adding: “She’s been out training, climbing more and more steps each day.

“I think Graeme would be very impressed with us, especially hearing that mum is taking part.”

So far, the pair have raised more than £300 for LOROS but they hope that taking on the challenge will do more than bring in funds for the Hospice.

“We want to raise awareness too,” explains Catherine. “If more people knew about LOROS, they would support it.”

To support Catherine and Sue, you can donate by visiting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/catherine-sloman2

If you’d like to join Catherine and Sue, you can sign up to this year’s Tower Run by visiting: loros.co.uk/tower