Hornchurch woman to take part in sponsored walk in memory of firefighter husband

Yaz Stevens is doing the Star Walk in memory of husband Darren, who died of bowel cancer in December

Yaz Stevens is doing the Star Walk in memory of husband Darren, who died of bowel cancer in December - Credit: Archant

A woman who lost her firefighter husband to cancer is to raise funds for the hospice that cared for him. Yaz Stevens, from Hornchurch, will join in the Saint Francis Hospice Star Walk on July 6, three days before her husband Darren would have celebrated his 47th birthday.

Firefighters Glen Knight, Andy Sharpe, Glen Ford, Lee Wolton and White Watch Manager Steve West join

Firefighters Glen Knight, Andy Sharpe, Glen Ford, Lee Wolton and White Watch Manager Steve West join Heather Cameron to celebrate the start of sign ups for Saint Francis Hospices fifth Star Walk - Credit: Archant

A woman who lost her firefighter husband to cancer in December will raise funds for the hospice that cared for him.

Yaz Stevens, from Hornchurch, will join in the Saint Francis Hospice Star Walk on July 6, three days before her husband Darren would have celebrated his 47th birthday.

She will join dozens of other women walking in memory of loved ones at the fundraising event.

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Mrs Stevens said: “The hospice was brilliant and we valued their support. Darren received regular physiotherapy to help ease his pain and the hospice’s specialist nurses cared for him at home, which meant I could get a little rest.”

She added: “I’m pleased to be able to take part in the walk and raise money so other families can receive the wonderful care Saint Francis Hospice provides if they need it.”

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The 10km walk will start at the Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, and is the fifth annual ladies walk to raise funds for Saint Francis in Havering-Atte-Bower.

Organisers have promised a “party atmosphere” for the walk, which begins at 10.30pm and will end at about midnight.

This year’s event will be attended by firefighters from the Harold Hill station, who will start the event and be on hand to give fire safety advice.

Firefighter Lee Wolton said: “Saint Francis Hospice is a fantastic charity and has helped so many people in our community with the vital care it provides.

“It should be a good evening and we are happy to support community events like the walk as it enables us to raise awareness about fire safety and remind people about measures such as having working smoke alarms.”

Hospice fundraiser Heather Cameron said she hopes there will be a record number of women on the walk. Places are £15 per person and include a T-shirt, goody bag and medal.

Book online at www.sfh.org.uk or to sign up or volunteer email fundraising@sfh.org.uk or call 01708 771427.

You can sponsor Yaz and her friends at www.justgiving.com/flamingfloozies

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