St Francis Hospice 30for30: X Factor’s Rylan Clark launches Star Walk

11:50 14 July 2014

X Factor star Rylan Clark started the walkers off

X Factor star Rylan Clark started the walkers off


Walking 10km around Romford might seem like a daunting prospect, but the 500 people who took part in Saint Francis Hospice’s Star Walk had plenty of encouragement on the way.

Jill Jolley, Susannah Corney and Sophie Yates took partJill Jolley, Susannah Corney and Sophie Yates took part

Former X Factor star Rylan Clark was a hit at the carnival-themed walk, performing several numbers to warm up the participants before setting them on their way.

Ballroom dancers, a steel band and stilt walkers helped provide entertainment on the night-time walk.

Many of those participating have seen relatives receive care at the hospice, including Susannah Corney from Dagenham, who lost her husband George to lung cancer in 2010.

She said: “It was an absolutely brilliant night, there was such a good atmosphere.

“The hospice was there when my husband was first diagnosed and then gave me so much support after my husband died so I like to support the charity.”

As a nurse at the hospice, Margaret Power has seen first hand what the money raised can do.

She said: “It was my fourth Star Walk and I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the carnival theme.

“As a hospice nurse I see the difference our care makes to patients and their families and so by joining the walk I’m doing something extra to help.”

The total hasn’t been announced yet, but it is hoped that the walk raised more than £60,000.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:26
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan addresses the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central. Picture Stefan Rousseau/PA Images

Parent power could see schools providing childcare for the whole working day and holidays if enough families request it.

Yesterday, 16:15
Rob Bull, pilot killed in the Chigwell air crash

The operators of a plane which crashed in Chigwell killing the two pilots on board have paid tribute to the pair in a heartfelt statement.

Yesterday, 12:21
Adesina was stabbed in Padbury Court, Bethnal Green

Stabbed teenager Joel Adesina spent his final hours in a weaponised gang wearing face coverings and fleeing at least one man with a knife, the Old Bailey heard.

Yesterday, 10:32
Straight Road, Romford

A man in his 40s was stabbed in Straight Road, Romford, last night.

Yesterday, 10:00
Cllr Ross Hatfull says Redbridge Council will ask people to move out of the borough so they do not become homeless, such is the extent of the housing crisis. Photo: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

Havering Council has the lowest acceptance rate of homelessness of any London borough.

Yesterday, 07:15
Train passing level crossing

A victim of sexual assault who was “shaken” by an incident on a train is calling for more action in deterring sexual offences on public transport following TfL’s announcement of a 32per cent increase in London.

Thu, 16:16
Robert Bull, the pilot killed after his plane crashed in Gravel Lane, Chigwell

Tributes have been paid to a Hornchurch pilot tragically killed alongside his colleague when their plane crashed into a field and burst into flames.

Thu, 07:37
Havering Council has halted the demolition of the Mecca Bingo hall in Hornchurch

A dramatic turn of events has seen the demolition of the Mecca Bingo hall in Hornchurch halted by Havering Council.

Most read news

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder