Twins raise money for Welwyn Garden City charity Isabel Hospice in memory of their brave dad

PUBLISHED: 13:05 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 19 July 2017

Amy Cranwell and sister Ria Haley took part in the Welwyn 10k

Amy Cranwell and sister Ria Haley took part in the Welwyn 10k


Twin sisters plan to keep their dad's memory alive by raising money in his name every year to help fund more hospice night nurses.

Charlie Haley of Old WelwynCharlie Haley of Old Welwyn

Amy Cranwell and Ria Haley, who are 33, sadly lost their dad Charlie Haley to bowel cancer in August last year.

The pair ran the Welwyn 10k in June to raise money for Welwyn Garden City-based charity Isabel Hospice, which enabled their dad to be cared for at his home in Old Welwyn.

Amy, who also lives in Old Welwyn, more recently took part in the hospice’s 5k Bubble Rush fundraiser on July 16, which involves colourful scented bubbles being blasted at runners.

Amy, who starts work as a pre-school administrator in September, said: “Dad wanted to stay at home and he got his wish.

Amy Cranwell and her children took part in the Isabel Hospice bubble rush.Amy Cranwell and her children took part in the Isabel Hospice bubble rush.

“He was really grateful for Isabel Hospice’s help and support.

“Although they did everything they could, they are a charity and unfortunately did not have the nurses that we needed the most - the night nurses.

“We were lucky to have had a nurse for two nights but there just wasn’t the funding there for dad to have a nurse when he and us needed them the most.

“We would like them to be able to provide more night nurses for families dealing with the unthinkable.”

Landscape gardener Charlie was diagnosed in April 2015.

He had a big operation to remove his bowel and then had chemotherapy.

Despite treatment, the cancer spread to his liver and lungs and he was told he only had six months to live.

His devastated family managed to go on holiday to Portugal altogether before the cancer worsened.

Mum-of-three Amy said: “He was so brave. He never once said ‘why me?’”

Speaking of the Bubble Rush, Amy added: “As I was walking on to the field I just burst into tears seeing all those people fundraising for Isabel Hospice.”

Next year, the twins’ brother Ben Haley will be doing a fundraising skydive and the siblings plan to stage various fundraisers in the following years, such as balls and auctions.

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An Isabel Hospice spokesman said: “We try and provide the best care we can.

“Any money they raise will go towards Isabel Hospice care.

“We are pleased we were able to care for their father.

“It’s difficult to give 24-hour care because it is a question of funding.

“We’re really pleased they are continuing to support Isabel Hospice since the loss of their father.

“The Bubble Rush had 1,300 people take part. It was a really successful event.”

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