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Friends to take on Saint Francis Hospice’s Star Walk together in memory of loved ones

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 August 2018

Laura and Sarah Nash, Karly Knight and Jodie Buckland will be doing the 10k Star Walk together in memory of their loved ones. Picutre: Saint Francis Hospice

Laura and Sarah Nash, Karly Knight and Jodie Buckland will be doing the 10k Star Walk together in memory of their loved ones. Picutre: Saint Francis Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice

School friends will be stepping out in memory of their loved ones to raise money for a worthy cause.

Jodie Buckland, sisters Sarah and Laura Nash and Karly Knight have signed up for Saint Francis Hospice’s Star 10k Star Walk where they will join hundreds of other supporters taking on the challenge on Saturday, September 22.

Jodie’s nan Jean was cared for by the specialist crisis and support service and the hospice at home team.

When Jean sadly died earlier this year, Jodie was heavily pregnant and struggling to cope with her grief but the hospice’s support was also extended to the family.

Jodie, 26, from Dagenham, said: “I was very close to my nan and my grandad and I were their carers.

“I had so much going on at the time and I know I would never have got through it without the support I received from the family support service.

“Even though you know it is going to happen, you are never really prepared for it.”

Sarah and Laura, both 26, will also be walking in memory of their nan Marion Nash who was cared for at the inpatient unit during the last days of her life in 2017.

Sarah said: “We were reluctant about putting her into the hospice in the first place, but it really was the best place for her to be

“The staff really work so hard and were so caring and attentive the whole time she was there.

“They really supported our nan, and our whole family, while we were going through such a tough time.”

Jodie added: “My friends and I wanted to do the Star Walk together as it is nice to do it in memory of our family and help other people who need the Hospice’s services.”

There will be entertainment on the night and a warm up before walkers set off at 10pm, starting and finishing at The Liberty shopping centre.

Everyone who completes the route will be presented with a medal.

Tickets cost £20 and includes a limited edition 10th birthday T-shirt

For more information sfh.org.uk/star-walk

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