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Hospice Voices

Wendy's story

There are several adjectives that spring to mind when thinking of Wendy: calm, determined, fun, witty, dependable, intelligent, super-organised, a good listener.

In memory of Wendy Hardman, her sister Sally and 14 of her close friends took part in the Sevenoaks Moonlight Walk 2016.  It was a tribute to the amazing lady that she was. Wendy sadly died in October last year after battling with cancer, aged just 52. Hospice nurses were with her at home when passed away.

Andréa, one of the Moonlight Walk participants and close friend said, “Wendy always put other people and their feelings first. Even when she knew she was seriously ill, she still showed a keen interest in her friends and their families.  Wendy touched so many people’s hearts.  It’s wonderful to have been able to take part in such an inclusive and appropriate fundraising event in her memory.  She was an inspiration to us all.”

She was an avid lover of walking and also enjoyed fitness yoga and swimming.  She was often referred to as ‘Mrs Fit’ by her friends. She regularly walked with her friends and their dogs, often as a group on Wednesday evenings or weekend afternoons.  “We will particularly miss our lovely walks across the fields, where Wendy would stride purposefully setting a decent pace, not sure she believed in a leisurely pace.”

Wendy never let her illness get in the way and was selfless to the end, where she still wanted to hear about other people’s troubles and strife’s, making time for others whenever she was able. She was a positive person who didn’t want to bring anyone down. Andréa would sometimes drive Wendy to Hospital appointments and she would always ask after her and her children, never wishing the focus to be her illness. She wanted to keep people upbeat and not burden them.

Wendy met many of her friends through her children Cameron and David, at playgroups, school, Cubs, Scouts and other activities. She and these friends had regular social meetings of coffee, walking and drinking at the Carpenter’s Arms!   

Wendy’s husband Nigel and her two sons Cameron and David, were a source of great joy for her. Although she was humble about them, she was rightly extremely proud of Cameron and David’s achievements, and there are many: academic, sporting, musical, and of course not forgetting David’s magic!  She was a loving daughter and sister, as well as a fond Aunt and Great-Aunt.

There are several adjectives that spring to mind when thinking of Wendy: calm, determined, fun, witty, dependable, intelligent, super-organised, a good listener.  Wendy was a beautiful person inside and out.  She was a devoted wife and mum, and a wonderful friend to so many.  

“As her friends from the ‘gang’, we have so many happy memories of Wendy.  We, like so many, will miss Wendy terribly. She was our traipsing across the fields friend, our aqua friend, our cinema buddy, our coffee and cake friend, our theatre friend, our garden centre friend, our friend to share food, wine and conversation with. We have lost a dear friend but she will never be forgotten.”

 

*image of some of the Walking for Wendy team