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Former EastEnders actress steps back to the 80s for 10k hospice walk

Former EastEnders actress Cathy Murphy will join almost 300 women for a 10k walk under the stars to support a charity close to her heart.
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Dean Michael 2Cathy, 47, signed up for Saint Francis Hospice's annual Star Walk in Romford on Saturday, July 4th after it cared for her mother Catherine Murphy, 61, before she died of cancer 17 years ago.

"The hospice has very special memories for my family and I," said Cathy, who has played three different characters in the hit BBC soap over the years, most recently as Julie Perkins until 2011.

"Even though it was very sad it was made so much nicer by the team at Saint Francis Hospice. 

"They were angels and made it so much easier for my mum and my family. 

"The hospice is a charity which is very close to my heart."

Cathy, whose two daughters attend St Aidan's Catholic Primary Academy in Ilford, also got involved with the 80s themed night walk to support fellow mum Claire Jones, whose father Malcolm Potten is a patient at the hospice.

Cathy, who is currently filming for the TV drama Doctors, is now part of a group of nine women calling themselves Malc's Muffins, because of Malcolm's love of the sweet treat.

"I will do anything I can to help the hospice," said Cathy, who lives in Ilford.

"All the staff are extraordinary. I did not need any persuading to take part. 

"I walk miles every day anyway and I love the idea of walking, having fun and making money for a great charity at the same time. "

The event kicks off at 10pm and promises to be an unforgettable experience with live entertainment from the 80s Angels tribute act and pop star Dene Michael of Black Lace, (pictured) who will be singing classic hits including Agadoo as the walkers conga their way to the start line.

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Time 107.5 presenters Neil Andrews and Charlotte Sullivan will also be helping everyone to get into the party mood with disco classics.

Dressing up in neon fashion, big hair and jewellery to go back in time and look like your favourite 80s icons will just add to the fun.

"We are very excited about this year's Star Walk," said Katy Woodgate, the hospice's Events and Community Manager. "There is always an amazing atmosphere. So come on ladies, sign up and enjoy a fantastic night out to support the hospice so we can continue to provide the best care and service to patients and their families in our community."

Entry costs £12 and includes a t-shirt. Sign up online or contact the events team on 01708 771 427.  
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