Girls’ night out that will boost care at Havering hospice

�Girls just wannna have fun! That’s exactly what’s on offer at the annual St Francis Hospice midnight walk.

So far 150 women of all ages have registered to take part in the fourth Star Trek – but the hospice hopes to beat last year’s total of 640 walkers.

The 10km walk takes place on Saturday, July 7, and starts and finishes at The Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford.

There will be plenty of fun on offer before the walk starts at midnight with street dancers, a Zumba demonstration, a pre-walk warm-up from Gympohobics and even a Michael Buble tribute act.


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Among those who have already signed up are three generations of one family.

Pauline Bettis, from Hornchurch, is joining her daughters Karen and Lynne, and granddaughter Amie.

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This will be her second Star Trek walk, though her daughters have supported the event every year.

Pauline said: “I really enjoyed last year. It was a fun thing to do and there was a good atmosphere.

“I think we will probably continue to take part as a family because St Francis Hospice is such a worthy cause.

“I have known people benefit from the specialist care the nurses and medical teams provide, and I’m glad to help.”

Tina Gerard, from Romford, is also taking part for the second time in memory of her father Charles Claydon who received care from the charity before he lost his battle with cancer last June.

She explained that he wanted the family to take part last year to raise money for the hospice and they decided to walk again.

She said: “The care the hospice gave my dad was out of this world.

“He would be proud to know we were doing the walk for the hospice again because he felt safe and able to relax there.”

Event organiser Lauren Josman said: “It is a perfect opportunity for groups of women, from slimming clubs or gym classes to work colleagues and relatives, to unite and have some fun and light exercise while raising much-needed funds for St Francis Hospice.”

Lauren thanked Gymophobics, Romford, which is sponsoring the event, and Havering Council for its support.

n You can book your place online at email or call the fundraising team on 01708 771427.

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