Collier Row FC mums join Havering women in Saint Francis Hospice Star Trek

PUBLISHED: 11:57 07 June 2012

Collier Row FC mums Jodie Smith, Steph Pordage and Sharon Lockey will be completing the Star Trek for Saint Francis Hospice

Collier Row FC mums Jodie Smith, Steph Pordage and Sharon Lockey will be completing the Star Trek for Saint Francis Hospice


A team of football mums whose sons play for the Collier Row FC under-12s team will take part in a late-night 10km walk to net some much-needed funding for Romford’s Saint Francis Hospice.

Jodie Smith and Steph Pordage signed up for the “star trek”, which kicks off at The Liberty on Saturday July 7th at midnight, after their friend Debbie Cook died of cancer in October.

Debbie, whose son Alfie plays for the squad, received care from the hospice nurses both as an inpatient and at home during her illness. She had hoped to take part in last year’s star trek but was too ill – so the trio will do the lap in her honour.

Jodie, from Hornchurch, whose son Billy is on the team, said: “Saint Francis Hospice is a brilliant charity and the care provided is marvellous. [The hospice] makes sure the patients are comfortable and looks after their family as well.”

Steph, of Romford, whose son Adam plays with the under-12s, has got a group of nine together for the women-only walk, which will be preceded by a Zumba warm-up and entertainment in the shopping centre.

“We’re looking forward to it,” she said. “The hospice nurses looked after my mother-in-law at home as well as Debbie, and the care provided is fantastic.

“The staff do a brilliant job and we wanted to do something to help raise funds.”

Dads will get in on the action before the walk as Collier Row FC holds a fathers-and-sons football match, donating money from cake and drink sales to the hospice.

Places are still available on the walk, which is fully marshalled. If you would like to help the football mums score a victory for the hospice, visit the Saint Francis website at, e-mail or call 01708 771405.

Places are £15 each and include a medal and goody bag.

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