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Star Walk: Join hundreds of women at Romford Market for Saint Francis Hospice fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 July 2017

Sharon Lockey, 44, of Romford, (centre) is taking part in Saint Francis Hospice's Star Walk for the third time, with her daughters Kira, 16, (left) and Shannon, 20, (right). Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Sharon Lockey, 44, of Romford, (centre) is taking part in Saint Francis Hospice's Star Walk for the third time, with her daughters Kira, 16, (left) and Shannon, 20, (right). Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

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The borough’s ladies are encouraged to head down to Romford Market next weekend for a Saturday night with a difference.

Sharon Lockey, 44, of Romford, (centre) is taking part in Saint Francis Hospice's Star Walk for the third time, with her daughters Kira, 16, (left) and Shannon, 20, (right). Picture: Saint Francis Hospice Sharon Lockey, 44, of Romford, (centre) is taking part in Saint Francis Hospice's Star Walk for the third time, with her daughters Kira, 16, (left) and Shannon, 20, (right). Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice’s Star Walk will see women of all ages dress down rather than up for a 10km stroll, where pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns are very much the norm.

Hundreds of people take part every year, and the fundraisers will include 44-year-old Sharon Lockey, participating for the third time.

Sharon, who will walk with her daughters Kira, 16, and Shannon, 20, was originally inspired to get involved because a friend had been cared for by staff at the Havering-atte-Bower charity, which supports those affected by life-limiting illnesses.

“The first year I signed up because I had a close friend who was in the hospice and the care she received was excellent,” said Sharon, of Romford.

“She had a 14-year-old son and they helped him through such a difficult time.

“We enjoyed the night so much it became something we wanted to do again. There was such a great atmosphere and you get great support from people, with cars bibbing you as you walk along.”

Sharon is also aware of the vital nature of the hospice’s specialist care and support services through her role as a healthcare support worker in Redbridge, with the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (Nelft). She has also attended palliative care courses at the charity’s Pepperell Education Centre.

Over the last few weeks, the Recorder has shared the stories of a wide variety of women joining the Star Walk, from Michelle Johnson, who is taking part for the fifth time with her daughter, sister, mum and aunt, to hospice fundraiser Teresa Mottram, who will walk in memory of her husband and her mum.

The event kicks off at 9pm on Saturday, July 8, in Romford’s Market Place. Pre-walk entertainment will be led by DJ Andy Furneaux, and Romford firefighters will be on hand to keep fundraisers hydrated with bottles of water.

The ladies will be greeted with cups of hot chocolate and medals at the finish line.

Entry is £12 for adults and £8 for under-16s. Call 01708 771427 or visit sfh.org.uk.

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