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Eastenders actress to join charity walk

PUBLISHED: 12:41 29 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:41 29 June 2015

The startline of the 2014 walk

The startline of the 2014 walk

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A former Eastenders actress will join almost 300 women as she walks 10k by starlight to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice.

Cathy Murphy will take part in this year's Star WalkCathy Murphy will take part in this year's Star Walk

Cathy Murphy has played three different characters in the BBC soap, most recently Julie Perkins until 2011.

The hospice is a cause close to Cathy’s heart as its staff cared for her mother, Catherine Murphy, before her death 17-years-ago.

She said: “The hospice has very special memories for my family and I.

“Even though it was very sad it was made so much nicer by the team at Saint Francis Hospice.

“They were angels and made it so much easier for my mum and my family.”

Cathy has also joined the 1980s themed walk to support fellow mum Claire Jones, whose father Malcolm Potten is a patient at the hospice.

Cathy, who is currently filming for the TV drama Doctors, is part of a group of nine women calling themselves Malc’s Muffins, because of Malcolm’s love of the sweet treat.

“I will do anything I can to help the hospice,” she said.

“All the staff are extraordinary. I did not need any persuading to take part.

“I walk miles every day anyway and I love the idea of walking, having fun and making money for a great charity at the same time. “

The event kicks off at 10pm and promises to be an unforgettable experience with live entertainment from the 80s Angels tribute act and pop star Dene Michael of Black Lace, who will sing classic hits including Agadoo as the walkers conga their way to the start line.

Time 107.5 presenters Neil Andrews and Charlotte Sullivan will also help everyone to get into the party mood with disco classics.

“We are very excited about this year’s Star Walk,” said Katy Woodgate, the hospice’s events and community manager.

“There is always an amazing atmosphere. So come on ladies, sign up and enjoy a fantastic night out to support the hospice so we can continue to provide the best care and service to patients and their families in our community.”

Entry costs £12 and includes a T-shirt. Sign up online at www.sfh.org.uk or contact the events team on 01708 771 427.

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