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Hundreds of walkers take on 10km run to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 11:16 09 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:19 09 July 2013

Women prepare to set off for the fifth Saint Francis Hospice Star Walk, joined by Havering Deputy Mayor Cllr Linda Trew, hospice mascot Frankie the Lion and the Chief Executive Pam Court.

Women prepare to set off for the fifth Saint Francis Hospice Star Walk, joined by Havering Deputy Mayor Cllr Linda Trew, hospice mascot Frankie the Lion and the Chief Executive Pam Court.

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Hundreds of women put on a display of girl power as they stepped out on a charity walk.

Nearly 500 women, some in fancy dress, took part in the fifth Saint Francis Hospice Star Walk in a bid to help raise more than £60,000 for patient care, backed by entertainers including Britain’s Got Talent’s Faces of Disco.

Walkers from across Barking and Dagenham and its neighbouring boroughs, many of whose relatives had used the hospice facilities, covered 10km from the start in Romford Town Centre on Saturday, July 6.

Clare Bixby, of Dagenham, was walking with daughter Ellie and friends in memory of her husband Steven, who received care from the hospice before he died last August.

She said: “There was a lovely atmosphere. The hospice has helped us no end. The nurses and medical staff came to our home to care for Steven and we wanted to give something back.”

Sisters Amy and Beverley Nelson, of Dagenham, walked in memory of their dad Christopher, who received care as an inpatient before he died of mesothelioma.

Amy said: “I don’t know how we would have coped if the support from Saint Francis Hospice wasn’t there during dad’s illness.”

Hospice chief executive, Pam Court, said the money raised would make a difference to the lives of people in the community affected by cancer or other life-limiting illness by enabling them to get specialist care when they need it.

Visit sfh.org.uk, email fundraising@sfh.org.uk or call 01708 753319 for more details about Saint Francis Hospice or to find out how you can be involved in fundraising events.


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