A BEWDLEY couple have completed the St Richard’s Hospice Waterways Walk in memory of their daughter who was cared for by the charity.
Mo and Andy Usowicz took on the 11-mile challenge on Sunday, August 17, from Droitwich Spa Marina to Worcester alongside hundreds of other fundraisers, including some who trekked a longer 21-mile circular route.
The event, which is now in its fifth year, will raise an estimated £19,000 for the care of patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at the hospice.
Mrs Usowicz said: “St Richard's Hospice holds a special place in our hearts.
“Our daughter Nikki had breast cancer that had spread to her liver and bones but she wasn't going to give up without a fight.
“She had two teenage daughters and a gorgeous granddaughter, and decided to cram as much as she could into her life.
“She took part in three sponsored walks even though she was suffering from pain in her legs. She bought a Mini convertible, went to the British Grand Prix, up in a hot air balloon and saw Rihanna in concert amongst other things.
“She always made sure she spent as much time with her family as she could. This was very important to her. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.”
Nikki Usowicz died in September 2012 at the age of 40 and received care from St Richard’s Hospice in her final few days.
Her mother added: “She was looked after so well at the hospice.
“We wanted to raise money for St Richard's in memory of Nikki and to enable it to continue helping others with life-threatening illnesses.
“Everyone at the hospice does a wonderful job. I want to repay them for everything they did for Nikki and for everything they do for other patients and their families.
“They rely on donations and it was Nikki's wish that we raised money to help St Richard's Hospice.”
Alison Parkes, senior fundraiser at the charity, said: “It was a great day with all our walkers in good spirits despite the occasional rain shower.
“We really appreciate the efforts of everyone who took part and the money they raised will help St Richard’s make a difference to the quality of life of our patients and families.”