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Twilight Walkers raise £15,000 for North London Hospice
Maddy Rayner (second from left) gets ready for the seven-mile hike with friends and family (Photo: Karen Plum)
Dozens of walkers stepped out in style to help raise thousands of pounds for North London Hospice on Saturday.
Dressed head-to-toe in pink, approximately 130 women, and a handful of men, completed the seven-mile Twilight Walk in aid of the hospice, which supports people with terminal illnesses.
North Finchley community rock and soul choir Rock Chorus fired up participants with an energetic performance while fitness instructor Vicky Midwood got the walkers warmed up and ready to go.
Among the group were mother and daughter Jenny Kay, of North Finchley, and Jude Goldcrown-Kay, of West Hampstead.
The duo took on the challenge to show their appreciation of the “amazing” care the hospice gave to Jonathan Kay –Jenny’s husband and Jude’s father - during his illness in 2011.
Jenny, a local GP, said: “It was interesting meeting up with other walkers and hearing their stories and supporting each other along the route.
“The hospice stop was welcoming with regard to light refreshments and especially the lighting of candles in memory of my husband.”
The group set off from Finchley Rugby Club in Summers Lane before making their way to East Finchley, up East End Road, along Regent’s Park Road, passed North London Hospice in Woodside Avenue and back to the club.
Hospice volunteer Maddy Rayner completed the route with her friends, family and dog. She said: “We made it full of aches but it was good fun. There were lots of enthusiastic ladies and we all had a great time.”
The youngest walker was ten-year-old Talia Diamond and the eldest was 82-year-old Patrick Harris who finished in an impressive three hours.
Hospice community fundraiser Georgina McLaughlin said: “We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the walkers. Everyone set out to have fun and support their local hospice.
“We hope to have raised around £15,000 from the event which will go to funding the care we provide.”
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