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Ashgate Hospice > Family to take on Ashgate Hospice’s poignant Sparkle Night Walk in tribute to ‘devoted’ dad

The family of a “kind” and “devoted” father who received end of life hospice care will take on Ashgate Hospice’s Sparkle Night Walk in his memory. 

Mark Grocott was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis – a chronic lung disease – back in 2009.  

After years of living with the illness, he started receiving palliative care in January 2023, before his condition worsened later in the year. 

Mark, from Shirland, died at the hospice’s Inpatient Unit on 29th October, aged 74.  

His daughter, Hayley Grocott, said her dad received “second-to-none” care from the hospice’s team in his final days. 

Mark (middle) with Hayley and her partner (left), and his wife Elaine along with son Matthew (right)
Hayley said her dad was the "most friendly person"

Her family will join more than 2,700 walkers at the 10km sponsored walk in Chesterfield on 22nd June, sponsored by NOCN Group.  

“Dad was the kindest, most friendly person,” said Hayley, 31, from Wingerworth. “Even in the hardest times, he remained the strongest and was always so supportive of us. 

“Everyone who knew him, knew what a great man he was and can only speak highly of him. 

“When he was diagnosed, life became very worrying, empty and stressful. He became so frail, but he never complained and was still his amazing, positive self, right to the end. 

“We’re so grateful that the angels at the hospice took such great care of Dad in his last few weeks.” 

Mark, who worked as a postman, was a keen beekeeper, enjoyed grabbing a bargain at the carboot sale, and was a big family man. 

His son Matthew and wife Elaine will join Hayley, along with her partner, sister-in-law and friend at the event next month.  

Mark's late wife Elaine will take on the Sparkle Night Walk in his memory
His son Matthew will also be there on the night

They are hoping to raise £1,000 towards the charity’s care, so the hospice can be there to support many more families in the future. 

Hayley, who is the director of the Fifty Shades of Beauty salon in Chesterfield, said: “My dad was in the hospice for over a week and the service there was incredible.  

“He loved the meals, ones he could actually enjoy; he enjoyed going into the jacuzzi bath, and just received round the clock attention of the utmost care and professionalism. 

“Our family loved how friendly the staff were towards Dad. I always knew it was an incredible charity but now I truly understand why that’s the case.  

“I’ve heard really great things about the Sparkle Night Walk and I’m really excited.  

“I’m sure it will be an emotional day, but my dad would be over the moon to know that we’re raising money for such a wonderful cause.” 

Up to 3,500 walkers will take on the Sparkle Night Walk this year and with entries selling fast, people are being encouraged to sign up before it’s too late.  

Volunteers are also needed to help on the night to ensure the event runs as safely and smoothly as possible.      

Find out more about the Sparkle Night Walk and how you can get involved or sign up. 

Would you like to volunteer at Ashgate Hospice’s Sparkle Night Walk? To find out more email [email protected] or call 01246 567250. 

Mark was well-loved by everyone who knew him, his family said
The former postman was a keen beekeeper in his retirement