11-year-old Imogen’s grandad Tony, ‘Pops’ as she calls him, was cared for by Hospice in the Weald and attended Hospice Day Service. Here, she tells us about her Pops and why she fundraises for Hospice in the Weald…
“Thinking of Pops always makes me smile. He loved making new things and he helped me build a life-sized doll house. I loved decorating the rooms with him, but we only finished one of them together.
“After school we would play games. Solitaire was always his favourite. Pops was very funny, he always made me laugh. One of my best memories is a game that we used to play when I sat in the back of his car. When the traffic lights were changing we would start to say ready, steady and then as soon as they turned green I would shout go!
“Pops started going to the Hospice when he became ill. It was a nice place for Pops to go to and we went with him. Pops came to Hospice Day Service every week and liked meeting people that were like him. He enjoyed the activities, especially the crafts. I went with him a few times and we made some things together which I have kept. I liked the clay making session best! My little sister and I love the Summer House. We always write on the blackboard and sit on the sofa and look at the garden.
“He enjoyed the activities, especially the crafts. I went with him a few times and we made some things together which I have kept. I liked the clay making session best!”
“I was really sad when I was told how ill Pops was. I asked my mum if I could do something for the Hospice to help Pops and she thought it was a good idea. I picked something that reminded me of Pops; a bake sale. My Grandma, Pops and I used to bake cakes together and decorate them in different ways, so a bake sale was perfect.
“The bake sale raised £700, everyone was so kind. I was so happy it made me cry! I wanted to do more to help, so I decided to sing solo at a Skiffle concert in December. I was very nervous, but I managed to do it! I sung, ‘I wish it could be Christmas everyday’. Together we raised over £2,000, which we were all so pleased with. It was a great feeling.”
Sadly, Imogen’s Pops died at the end of last year. Imogen said, “I think Pops would have been really proud of me. I hope that some of the money I have raised will mean that other people that are very ill can go to Hospice Day Service too. I hope they like it, like Pops did.”