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Mum and daughter are moonlight walk regulars

A mother and daughter are taking part in a hospice moonlight walk for the fourth time in memory of lost loved ones.

Louise Dixon, 34, and mum Lin Keitley, will be among hundreds of people taking part in the 12-mile Rowans Hospice Moonlit Memories Walk through Portsmouth on June 17.

The two take part in the event every year in memory of brother and son Carl Collier, who died aged 30, and friend Mark Phillips, who died aged 42.

Louise, who is an exams and safety officer at Portsmouth College, said: “By the end of this walk we will have covered about 100 miles between us.

“Carl had a heart condition, as did Mark. They both had unexpected deaths and that can be hard to come to terms with. Taking part in this walk is a good way to remember them.

“It’s always poignant when we stop at Portsmouth Cathedral and light a candle. It’s so touching and emotional, but at the same time it’s something different to take part in. The atmosphere is always brilliant too.”

The race has been taking place for five years and to mark the anniversary, organisers have dropped the age limit this year to 13. An alternative five-mile route has also been added to the event.

The evening attracts around 1,600 fundraisers and all the money goes to the Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

Money is needed to run the hospice’s day care centre, bereavement services, 19 in-patient rooms, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, bereavement support for children and young people and carers groups.


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