Michael Dusgate, from Northwood, is walking in memory of his Dad, who died of Glioblastoma Multiforme when Michael was only 4 years old. Below, Michael's mum, Perdita, talks about how Mountbatten supported their family and why they are walking the Wight this year. 

I have completed the full walk the Wight on several occasions but most recently last year I completed the 8 Mile flat walk with my son Michael. We have a very strong connection to Mountbatten as it has taken care of all of us. My husband David was diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme when our son was only 1, we were told we would be lucky if we had another year together. 

He was an amazing man, a real gentleman and determined to take our son to school on his first day. Sadly, that was not to be, but he was able to take him to his first day of preschool (aged 4). Along the way Mountbatten were with us and supported us all giving David the respite days he needed, physiotherapy and most of all someone to talk to, not only the wonderful staff (or friends as a lot of them now are) but others with life limiting illness. 

During his final weeks the hospice became our second home, you would not expect laughter, but it came in abundance. At the worst time of my life the Mountbatten staff gave not only my husband but our family more care and support than I could have imagined. Following his death both my son and I continued to go to Mountbatten for counselling and support.

To this day I cannot thank the wonderful people of Mountbatten enough for everything they have done for me and my family and by walking the Wight we can help to raise funds to know that they can continue to care for many more in the future.’

Join Michael and Perdita and Walk the Wight 2019 with MountbattenTogether we can help ensure no-one is left to die alone or without care on the Isle of Wight.