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Tragic death inspires Romford mum to join charity walk with friends and family

PUBLISHED: 13:51 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:47 12 July 2016

Julie Knight will be joined by friends, family and colleagues at this year's Star Walk; from left Katie Phillips, Julie Knight, Kristina Harper, Charity Hitching and Debbie Christodoulou.

Julie Knight will be joined by friends, family and colleagues at this year's Star Walk; from left Katie Phillips, Julie Knight, Kristina Harper, Charity Hitching and Debbie Christodoulou.

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A family has been inspired by tragedy to join a 10k charity walk in support of Saint Francis Hospice.

Cameron Knight died at Saint Francis Hospice last yearCameron Knight died at Saint Francis Hospice last year

When he was 21 Cameron Oxby was diagnosed with cancer and in November last year he spent 10 days at the Havering-atte-Bower hospice before his death.

His mum Julie Knight, from Romford, will be joined by more than 20 friends, family and colleagues when she takes part in the hospice’s annual Star Walk on Saturday.

She said: “I want to do something so other people who are in that situation can have the same care as we did.

“Cameron was at Queen’s Hospital and when we were told he did not have much time I wanted him to be moved to the hospice.

“We could not have wished for a better place and I was so glad that he got a bed there.

“He was in no pain and he was looked after so well.

“We were given the use of the family room and that was wonderful as Cameron had so many visitors and I was able to stay with him.”

Julie, who works at Ashbrook Nursing Home, continues to have bereavement counselling at the hospice.

Cameron was a huge Manchester United fan who loved football and cars.

Before he became ill he was undertaking a business apprenticeship at Delta Auto Parts, Hainault, and his bosses had been so impressed by him that he was leading his own team.

On June 28, a memorial day was held at All Saints Catholic School, Dagenham, to remember the former pupil and the family are also organising a football tournament in his name.

Julie will join hundreds of others when she pulls on her pyjamas and joins the fundraiser.

Check in at Romford Market Place begins at 9pm, with live music to get crowds into the party spirit.

Walkers set out at about 10pm and are expected to finish about midnight.

There’s still time for you to be part of the crowd – tickets cost £12, including a T-shirt and flashing head star boppers.

To find out more or sign up visit sfh.org.uk or call our events team on 01708 771427


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