Remembering dad on Father’s Day

Bethan Moore who ran the London Marathon for Marie Curie in 2014.
Bethan Moore ran the London Marathon for Marie Curie in 2014.

Dads are great, aren’t they? Big, small, wise, daft – they come in all shapes and sizes and they are always there when we need them. That’s why losing your dad is such a difficult experience and why Father’s Day can be so poignant for some.

Bethan Moore’s dad Robin contracted mouth cancer in 1994, which quickly spread to his lungs. He lived for less than a year after his diagnosis and for his final month he needed 24-hour care.

“To save him the added stress of being in hospital he was at home with us”, says Bethan, “but my mum was unable to get any sleep while caring for him. For the last few nights a Marie Curie Nurse came to stay with him, watching over him, giving him medication and also always making sure my mum and I were ok. The nurses were wonderfully kind and reassuring and, when he died, did everything necessary to make it as easy as possible for us.”

“Marie Curie means an awful lot to my family. The nurses helped us at our time of greatest need and I would like to give back so that other families can experience their incredible work when they need it the most.”

In April Bethan ran the London Marathon in memory of her dad and to raise funds for Marie Curie. “Training for the London Marathon was exhausting,” she says. “But doing it to raise money for a charity I really believe in kept my feet moving, even when they wanted to stop.”

We want to help more people like Bethan spend as much time as possible with their dads. We want dads living with terminal illness to be able to choose where they spend their final days and ensure they have the care they need, surrounded by the people closest to them.

Please donate today so that we can help more dads be dads for as long as possible.

Precious memories

In the run up to Father’s Day we’ve been asking our supporters to share their favourite photos and memories of their dads. We had a huge response and we’ve gathered them all together in one place for you to browse. And if you have a favourite memory of your dad, please do share it in the comments below.

Read our Father’s Day memories