AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy from Herefordshire has completed a 15-mile walk in memory of his granny who sadly died last year. 

George Deem Clarke decided to take on this challenge to raise money for the hospice that cared for his granny, Rosemary Deem, in her final days.

His route spanned 15-miles from Norton Canon to the St Michael's Hospice in Bartestree, where he left a pebble in the hospice's 'stream of memories' to remember his beloved granny.

George said: "Last year my granny became really unwell, and then sadly died. It broke my heart.

"Before this, she was in hospital for weeks and I wasn't able to go and see her. That was really hard as I loved to go and spend time with her and grandad.

"Granny became too poorly to go home and luckily they found her a room at St Michael's Hospice. This meant I could go and see her whenever I wanted. All of the staff were really supportive and kind to me, my sister and my cousins. They gave my granny the best care they could.

"One day while I was sat in the car with mum, I decided to take on this challenge to raise money in her memory, to say thank you and to help them look after all of the other grannies and grandads that need their help."


George raised over £1,245 for St Michael's, a charity providing palliative and end-of-life care across Herefordshire and beyond.

Rachel Jones from St Michael's said: "We're so proud of George. To be so committed to supporting St Michael's at such a young age is an inspiration to us all. Well done, George!"

The hospice's team includes doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers who are dedicated to relieving patients’ symptoms, controlling their pain and enabling them to live well until the end of life.