‘Thank you for tak­ing care’

700 ‘give back’ with mid­night walk for the Hos­pice of St Fran­cis

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HUN­DREDS of men, women and chil­dren lit-up the night when they took part in a hos­pice’s an­nual mid­night walk.

Nearly 600 walk­ers set off from Hemel Hemp­stead School to com­plete the Hos­pice of St Fran­cis’ five or 10 mile routes on Satur­day, June 27.

Be­tween them, they raised more than £65,000 to­wards the £4.8m the Berkham­st­ed­based hos­pice needs ev­ery year to pro­vide its free care for peo­ple across Bucks and Herts fac­ing life-lim­it­ing ill­ness and sup­port for their fam­i­lies and car­ers.

The hos­pice’s events fundraiser Nicky MaxwellBraith­waite said: “The at­mos­phere was elec­tri­cal and all our mid­night walk­ers were just amaz­ing.

“I want to say a huge thank you to ev­ery one of our walk­ers and 100-plus mar­shals and vol­un­teers for giv­ing up their time and to all our kind spon­sors who con­trib­uted in any way to help raise much-needed funds for the Hos­pice and help­ing make it such a spe­cial night to re­mem­ber.”

La­timer mum-of-two Emma Hulme, from The Grove, Park­field, com­pleted the 10-mile walk with fel­low Che­sham Prep School mum and friend El­lie Dix to thank the hos­pice for the ‘amaz­ing’ care it pro­vided for her mum, Mar­garet Evans, who died at the hos­pice in Oc­to­ber 2013.

She said: “The walk was amaz­ing. Of course it was emo­tional to be walk­ing in mem­ory of mum, but com­fort­ing to be walk­ing along­side oth­ers who had lost their loved ones.

“I thought it was ter­rific at the start when we all gave a round of ap­plause in mem­ory of those who are no longer with us.”

Laura Robert­son, 32, of Chess­mount Rise, Che­sham, took part for the first time be­cause she wanted to do some­thing to sup­port her lo­cal hos­pice and com­pleted the 10-mile walk by her­self to re­mem­ber her nan, Jean Mitchell, who died in hos­pi­tal in April 2014 aged 77, fol­low­ing a di­ag­no­sis of can­cer in 2013.

She said: “The at­mos­phere was great. There was lots of an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment as well as great mo­ti­va­tional mu­sic and glow­ing neon ac­ces­sories! I loved ev­ery minute and I’ll def­i­nitely be back next year but with my mum and sis­ter be­side me.”

ALL EARS: El­lie Dix, Jen­nie Peachey and Emma Hulme and Laura Robert­son, be­low


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