640 women managed to raise £80,000 by completing a 10km event. The money raised will be used to help fund patient care for those in the community who are suffering with life limiting illnesses.
Walkers took part in a Zumba warm up, which was followed by a routine from the Gymophobics, before they started their walk.
Cllr Wallace set them up on their way and said: “This is an amazing evening, all these women doing a wonderful thing for a very special charity, which helps 600 people across the community every day. I just wish I could walk it!”
Kelly Ann Seary, 32, from Harold Hill said: “It was a really emotional evening. Everyone is there for one reason, everyone’s been touched by the hospice, and it was such a united front. There was great support – cars were beeping their horns, people were standing on balconies and cheering you on, which was really motivating, and the atmosphere was great.
“I’d be lost without the hospice. The staff are angels, they treat you like individuals not just another patient. Being a mum of four young children, you have to stop yourself from saying things sometimes, but thanks to the hospice I don’t have to bottle anything up, everyone understands what you are going through.”
Elizabeth Palfreman, event organiser said: “I’d like to thank everyone who came, all the supporters, and all of the volunteers who worked busily behind the scenes ensuring everything ran smoothly on the night. I’m already excited about next year’s event.”
For more information about other hospice fundraising events please visit www.sfh.org.uk, email email@example.com or call 01708 771427.