Leicester Mercury

Man who missed last moments with grandad stepping out for Loros

TRAFFIC HELD FAMILY BACK FROM VISITING KEN IN HOSPICE

- By CIARAN FAGAN ciaran.fagan@reachplc.com @ciaranefag­an uk.virginmone­ygiving.com

A MAN who missed the chance to spend a final few moments with his grandfathe­r at Leicester’s Loros hospice because of traffic is to embark on a sponsored walk in his memory this summer.

Rikki Spofforth, who lives in Southport, on Merseyside, lost his beloved grandad, Ken, to cancer in 2015 and now wants to do what he can to support Loros and its work supporting terminally-ill people and their loved ones.

Upon learning that Ken had little time left, Rikki, his mum and sister set out from Merseyside to make the journey to Leicester.

Rikki told the Liverpool Echo: “We knew he was nearing the end of his life, and we then received a telephone call to advise he had gone into the hospice in Leicester.

“It looked as though he did not have long, so we needed to get down there ASAP to say our last goodbyes.

“So, myself, my mother and my sister got into the car and drove down to Leicester.

“Unfortunat­ely, there were numerous traffic delays and by the time we arrived at Loros, he had passed away.”

Grandfathe­r Ken, 71, had been a resident at Loros for less than 72 hours before he died.

Now, Rikki will walk from Southport to Leicester in Ken’s memory, a trek he expects to take six days.

He intends to include Loros in his fundraisin­g sights, along with two other charities: Queenscour­t Hospice,

in Southport, and Cancer Research UK.

Rikki, a paralegal at Fletcher’s Solicitors, said: “I have absolutely not done anything like this before. At university, I had done a couple of 10k runs, but that was a good few years ago now.

“In fact, more than a few years. Closer to 12.”

Rikki plans to tackle the 120-mile journey on Monday, August 30.

You can read more about Rikki’s fundraisin­g and donate by searching for his name at:

 ??  ?? TRIBUTE: A young Rikki Spofforth pictured with his grandad Ken
TRIBUTE: A young Rikki Spofforth pictured with his grandad Ken

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