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Nurse joins Romford Star Walk for Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:39 31 May 2016

Linda Borg, Charlotte Oxby, Janet Abbott, Maureen Ballard and Manvir Kaur

Linda Borg, Charlotte Oxby, Janet Abbott, Maureen Ballard and Manvir Kaur

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A retired district nurse will join hundreds of women for a moonlit walk through Romford to support a charity close to her heart.

Janet Abbott, 57, has taken part in Saint Francis Hospice’s annual 10k Star Walk every year since it began in 2009.

She said: “It is such a fun night and it is an event that anyone can do as you don’t have to be particularly fit.

“It is very lively and colourful and it is also very safe as there are always lots of hospice marshals and support as you are going around.

“People in the town also join in and you get people coming out of the pubs to cheer you on.

“I really look forward to it and it is such a great way to raise money for the hospice, which is what it is all about.”

The Havering-atte-Bower hospice’s women-only event takes place on Saturday July 16 and has a dress code of strictly pyjamas.

Janet had contact with the charity through her work in West Essex and last year her mother Ivy Lyons, 90, was cared for in her Dagenham home by its Hospice at Home team.

“The Hospice at Home team were fantastic and they made it possible to keep my mum at home,” said Janet.

“The Specialist Clinical Nurses were also wonderful.

“Once the girls got involved it made life much more comfortable for my mum and I am so grateful for that.”

Having walked as part of a group before Janet is hoping friends and colleagues will join her on July 16.

Check in starts at 9pm in Market Place, Romford. The walk starts at 10pm and is expected to finish about midnight.

Tickets cost £12 per walker and including a T-shirt and flashing head star boppers.

To find out more about Saint Francis Hospice or to sign up for Star Walk visit sfh.org.uk or call the events team on 01708 771427

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