Family honours Dad's memory with heartfelt charity walk

Emma Pillinger, and her sister Lucy are joining this year's Compton Care Memory Walk as a heartfelt tribute to their late father, Keith Jellyman, exactly one year on from his passing.

Emma, from Wednesfield, said: "Our dear dad, Keith, had oesophageal cancer and sadly passed away at Compton Care on Saturday 17 September 2022.

“Initially, Dad responded well to chemotherapy, determined not to let cancer defeat him.

"Compton Care came into our lives at exactly the right time.

“Dad’s journey was marked by unwavering determination despite the pain. In his final days, Compton Care ensured our family a peaceful environment and my sister and I remain grateful for the love and kindness shown to us and our dad.

Lee Newman, Head of Fundraising at Compton Care, said: “We are so pleased that Emma and Lucy are able to join us on what will be a very poignant day for their family.

“Their story underscores the importance of the care provided by Compton Care and of our Memory Walk, which provides an opportunity for families to come together and remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.”

Memory Walk 2023 is a tranquil 5km walk in the beautiful grounds of Chillington Hall and takes place on Sunday 17 September at 11am. This inclusive event welcomes all, irrespective of their connection with Compton Care and is also dog-friendly.

The event also raises funds for Compton Care’s work providing specialist palliative and bereavement support to patients and families.

For more information and to sign up to Memory Walk 2023, visit


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