Family sign up to Santathon in memory of relative

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 November 2018

The Friend and Thompson families will be taking on the Santathon in memory of Joyce Friend, who died earlier this year. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

The Friend and Thompson families will be taking on the Santathon in memory of Joyce Friend, who died earlier this year. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice

Eight members of the same family will be taking on Saint Francis Hospice’s Santathon challenge in memory of a relative.

Sisters Alison Friend and Michelle Thompson will be joined by Alison’s children Baylie and Ben and Michelle’s husband Paul and daughter Millie, as well as niece Kimberley and nephew Matthew, for the 5km run around Dagenham.

The family were inspired to sign up for the annual fundraiser after the hospice cared for Alison’s mum Joyce Friend before her death earlier this year.

“We are really looking forward to it as it’s something we can do together as a family and it is fun,” she said.

“We cannot thank Saint Francis Hospice enough for the amazing care it gave my mum earlier this year when she spent three weeks on the inpatient unit and for the support it gave us and continues to give our family.”

The Santathon starts from Dagenham and Redbridge FC on Sunday, December 9. Visit for more infomation and to sign up.

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