Morpeth Lions Host Keith en-route to John O’Groats
Kettering Lion Keith Ogley is walking from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of Cransley Hospice. He has endured blisters, deep bogs, wild cattle and torrential storms but is resolutely picking off the miles towards his goal.
At the beginning of July he had reached Upper Coquetdale. Morpeth Lions decided he needed some company, a bed for the night and a good meal. Morpeth Lion Geoff Bushell met him at the end of the stage and transported him to the Sun Inn in Morpeth where he was fed and entertained by the Lions. He was put up overnight and taken back to the start of his next stage on the following day.
72 year old Kettering Lion Keith Ogley’s wife Joan spent the last couple of weeks of her life in Cransley Hospice where she was able to live in comfort and dignity. Joan, Keith, his daughters and grand-daughter were treated, throughout this terrible time, with care and compassion. It is important to Keith that this service continues to be provided to his local community.
Last year Lion Keith walked the Coast to Coast Path in support of this charity but felt that there was more he should do whilst still physically able so set himself a bigger challenge, Lands End to John O’Groats!
In 1992, Dr. John Smith, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, started to admit terminally ill patients to Cransley Ward in St. Mary’s Hospital, Kettering. This was previously a ward for the elderly and despite improvements, was never going to be a suitable environment in which to provide palliative care to the clinical standards to which the Palliative Care Team aspire. However by 1995 it was acknowledged that Cransley Ward had developed into an 8 bedded hospice ward for all ages and was recognised as such by the Trust.
An opportunity to re-provide the existing ward presented itself when the provision of continuing care was transferred to the organisation called ‘Extra care’. The new facility was built on the St. Mary’s site, Sunley Court. One wing is now leased and run as NHS facility as Cransley Hospice. The Hospice currently serves the area of north Northants with a population in excess of 250,000.
A little more than half way through his marathon he was met by Teesdale Lions and their President Lion Tammy at the Kings Arms in Reeth, Swaledale. Teesdale Lions Club had contacted Keith to offer help during his amazing walk of 1200 miles and Lion Nick Barron collected him from Keld on the 21st June to bring him to Reeth for 2 days well earned rest, and Lion Sue took him back to the path at Keld on Wednesday 24th, and moved his luggage onwards to his next stop.
As it was Keith’s 72nd birthday on the 23rd, Tammy, Nick and Sue met up with him for a celebration meal and heard of his many long distance walks!! This man is amazing, and everyone who heard what he was doing was happy to give donations to him.
It is worth noting that at this point Keith was half way through his journey, and the rest of the miles would be walked totally within District 105NE. He was looking forward to meeting up with Geoff Bushell from Morpeth Club later in June.
Keith Ogley has previously walked coast to coast twice and successfully raised funds for the local hospice and Lions charity work. This new challenge is to walk Lands End to John O Groats starting 13/5/2015 with the aim of ending mid August.