Here come the girls! Hundreds of women step out for charity “Star Walk” in Romford
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Hundreds of women descended on Romford town centre on Saturday night for a “Star Walk” in support of Saint Francis Hospice (SFH).
The 10K walk was kicked off by the Mayor of Havering councillor Linda Van de Hende, who cut the ribbon to get the event under way with firefighters from Harold Hill encouraging the fundraisers along the route.
The “starwalkers” lit up the town centre as they were encouraged to wear their pyjamas and with several of the fundraisers wearing bright orange SFH T-shirts and flashing deely boppers it certainly made for a vibrant display.
SFH organiser Linda Borg was overjoyed to see so many women of all ages participating.
“This very special fundraising event is in its ninth year and we have so many lovely ladies who come together to show their support for the hospice,” said Linda Borg.
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“Young and old, mothers, daughters, grandchildren and friends came together to raise vital funds. Many of our ladies come to remember loved ones and some just come to do something nice.”
The starwalkers were spurred on by live music from Maisie Tickner and Skip Atkins, from Upminster, whose wife was cared for at the hospice until her death in December, whilst the hospice’s resident DJ Andy Furneaux provided the soundtrack for the pre-walk warm up.
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The event saw a number of people participate for different reasons such as Amanda Green, from Woodford Green, who took part in the event for the first time in memory of her mother Salli Bennett.
“It was a great night. A lot of fun was had by all,” said Amanda, who has raised more than £3,000 for the hospice so far.
Michelle Johnson, 41, took part for the fifth year in a row following the death of her nan Kathleen Allen in 2011.
“Taking part in the Star Walk is something we can do to give something back – it is such an uplifting walk and we love the entertainment,” said Michelle.
SFH event manager Katy Woodgate thanked all the organisers, volunteers, staff and marshals who helped make the Star Walk a success.