I’m walking for my brother Tom

Bren Riley and 38 of her family and friends took part in the Walk to Remember Gibside event last year in memory of her brother Tom Scott. 

My brother Tom was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in February 2014. Tom was only ill for a short time so it was devastating when we all found out. 

Before Tom died he found out about two Marie Curie events that he wanted to get involved in. We threw a Blooming Great Tea Party in June 2014 which Tom helped organise at my daughter’s beauty salon. The other event was the 10k Walk to Remember at Gibside which Tom talked about how he could participate in. These events gave Tom and our family a focus.

Devastatingly Tom died on the 20 May 2014. Tom spent the last four weeks of his life in the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle. The team at the hospice were fantastic not only supporting Tom but also our family.

After Tom died, the family focused on the events that Tom had helped to plan. We had a great turn out for the Tea Party. Many of Tom’s friends and family wanted to show their appreciation for the support and kindness that was shown to Tom by Marie Curie so we decided to celebrate Tom's life at the Walk to Remember event at Gibside. Tom actually worked as a landscape gardener and had worked and volunteered at Gibside for a number of years, so this is really a special place for our family and Tom's friends.

Thirty-eight members of our family and friends took part in the walk last year. We arranged a coach to take us to Gibside with picnic tables, baskets of goodies and, of course, a tipple for when we reached the finish line. We marked the end of our walk by attaching special messages to balloons, and released them together as a group. The event was bitter sweet for us but we carried out Tom's wishes and raised a lot of money for the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle.

Sign up to the Walk to Remember event at Gibside on 5 September 2015