“We did this calendar to raise funds for St Leonard’s Hospice”
The family and friends of 48-year-old Claire Rooke, who died from cancer just weeks after marrying her long-term partner are raising funds for St Leonard’s Hospice. Claire, from Nunnington, near York died in September 2016, just six months after being diagnosed with what subsequently turned out to be a very aggressive, incurable cancer.
Claire was diagnosed in March 2016; it soon became tragically apparent that the cancer was of a very aggressive nature, and its progression was brutal. Claire was incredibly brave, remaining strong, positive and never complaining despite her pain and discomfort throughout treatments. She didn’t want to be defined by her illness or treated differently because of it, she was after all “still Claire”. She showed remarkable strength throughout her illness. One very potent remark she made towards the end was “Memories are better than dreams”, and she left her family and friends with such wonderful memories…her zest for life, and her infectious laugh. She was a proud mother of two daughters, a talented upholsterer, and an exceptional cook. Whilst employed as the chef at The Grapes Inn at Slingsby, a correspondent from The Yorkshire Post came to dine, and one of the comments in the subsequent article read “An angel in the kitchen called Claire – Respect”.
Claire possessed a unique ability to “make a big noise, quietly”.
Stephen her long-term partner had always planned to propose on Claire’s 50th birthday, November 11th 2017. Unfortunately, time was not on their side, and he had to bring the proposal forward; thanks to an amazing network of friends, they managed to pull off Claire’s ‘fairy tale wedding’ with just one week to prepare. On her wedding day she was radiant, beautiful and happy, leaving everyone with the most amazing memory of that special day!
Claire was a unique, remarkable woman who will be sorely missed.
In her hour of need, St Leonard’s Hospice was the saviour. The ‘Hospice @ Home’ nurses enabled Claire to be in the only place she wanted to be, her own bedroom; her smile when she came home from hospital said it all. The care given by the nurses was marvellous. We will all be forever grateful to St Leonard’s for the care and comfort they gave at this most difficult time.
To show our appreciation, this calendar has been produced in Claire’s name, in the hope that we can raise a significant amount of money to help St Leonard’s continue their amazing work.
On 14th September 2016 Claire passed away and our hearts broke. We had lost our light, we were robbed.
Stephen Rooke, Amelia and Lauren Hudson.
In The Press
Claire’s calendar has made quite an impact across Yorkshire, appearing on the front page of The Gazette and even being shown on Look North, thanks to a guest appearance from presenter Harry Gration.
A Year In The Making
Claire’s husband Stephen and her group of friends (including VTP Director Clive!) have stripped off to create ‘Claire’s Calendar’ in her memory. The calendar took almost a year to make, and has some very creative pictures to show for it.
Support The Cause
You can help in the efforts to raise money in Claire’s honour by sending a cheque for £7 (any larger donations are greatly appreciated), made payable to “Claire’s Calendar” with your name and address on the reverse of the cheque to:
The Grapes Inn
Alternatively, Claire’s Calendar is available from Various Truck Parts Ltd in Kirby Misperton, Essential Health & Beauty, and Stricklands in Kirkbymoorside, The Grapes Inn in Slingsby, The Royal Oak in Nunnington, The Star Inn in Harome, Beadlam Grange Farm Shop, and Hovingham Village Stores, minimum donation £5.