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Star Walk: ‘Brilliant atmosphere’ sees fundraiser sign up for fifth time

PUBLISHED: 13:57 19 May 2017

Sue Corney is getting ready for her fifth Star Walk. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Sue Corney is getting ready for her fifth Star Walk. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

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Fifth time’s the charm for one fundraiser, who’s donning her pyjamas once more for a popular night walk.

Sue Corney's husband George died of lung cancer in 2010, and she received invaluable support from Saint Francis Hospice after his death. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice Sue Corney's husband George died of lung cancer in 2010, and she received invaluable support from Saint Francis Hospice after his death. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Sue Corney, 49, of Dagenham, will join hundreds of women for the 10k Star Walk, kicking off at Romford’s Market Place from 9pm on July 8.

Her husband George died of lung cancer in 2010, and although he didn’t receive treatment at the hospice, its family support team helped Sue through her grief.

“George died six and a half weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer,” said Sue, who had been her husband’s carer since he suffered two heart attacks in 2005.

“He was due to come to the hospice to access its day services but he got a chest infection and spent the last three weeks of his life at Queen’s Hospital.”

Sue Corney is getting ready for her fifth Star Walk. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice Sue Corney is getting ready for her fifth Star Walk. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

A year on from George’s death, Sue got in touch with the hospice, needing some support to help her through those difficult days.

“I had managed by myself for the first year, but I was in a mess,” she said.

“I contacted the hospice and as I did not drive, a counsellor came to see me. It really helped being able to talk to someone who did not know me.

“My husband and I both come from large families, but it was so difficult to talk to them as we would all get upset.

“Since then, I’ve wanted to support the hospice as I know it is not fully funded by the government and I’ve seen the care it gives to people.”

Sue, a midday assistant at Ripple Primary School, Barking, took part in last year’s event with her cousin, who also brought along her two young children.

She’s at work convincing friends and colleagues to get involved this year.

“The atmosphere is just brilliant. It is not just the walk, it is also the entertainment that takes places leading up to the start.

“I love the pyjama theme as I can just go home and head straight to bed.”

Participants booking before May 31 will secure their place for just £10. Call 01708 771427 or visit sfh.org.uk for more information.

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