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Oh what a night as disco fever sweeps Romford town centre

Disco fever kept more than 300 women on their toes as they stepped back in time to enjoy a sensational 10k night walk. 
Dene Michael with the walkers - resized

 Saint Francis Hospice held its 7th annual Star Walk in Romford on Saturday and the atmosphere was electric as ladies got into the groove for the 80s themed event.     


The starlit streets were awash with fluorescent hues as walkers accessorised their orange t-shirts with wigs, tutus, jewellery and leg warmers.      


The 80s tribute band Angels and Time FM presenters Neil Andrews and Charlotte Sullivan were also there to get everyone in the party mood.     


And Dene Michael from Black Lace helped with the warm up before singing his famous hit Agadoo as he led the ladies to the start lineHospice fundraiser Marie Ogles leads Team Mary - resized


Motorists tooted their horns and party goers lined the streets to cheer on the women who came together to support the hospice.      


And while the evening was emotional it was very much a celebration as many of the walkers remembered their loved ones.    


"It was an amazing evening and we are so grateful to all the ladies for coming along and taking part," said Katy Woodgate, the hospice's Events and Community Manager.    


"The embraced the 80s with tutus and legwarmers.    


"It was a real celebration of people coming together and walking for their loved ones."   


Katy also thanked The Liberty Shopping Centre and the ladies gym Go30 for sponsoring the event.        


Below we have featured just a few of our fantastic walkers who took part in this year's event.


This is the sixth Star Walk Elizabeth Preston, 69, has signed up to and she was delighted to be the first to pass the finish line.         


"I absolutely loved it," said Elizabeth, who completed the 10k walk in one hour and 20 minutes.         Hospice fundraiser Marie Ogles leads Team Mary - resized


"The support all the way around was terrific. I think every woman should do it. It is great exercise and a great cause.         


"I will certainly be back next year."         


Elizabeth, from Hornchurch, has been supporting the hospice since her friend Barbara Crawley lost her brother Les Aitken, 48, to colon cancer in 2000 and was cared for by the hospice's Hospice at Home team.         


Former Eastenders actress Cathy Murphy, 47, joined in the fun in memory of her mother Catherine Murphy, 61, who was looked after at the hospice before she died of cancer 17 years ago.         


"What a beautiful atmosphere," said Cathy, from Ilford.         


"It was amazing and we had so much support and encouragement from drivers who tooted their horns as we went along. Hospice fundraiser Marie Ogles leads Team Mary - resized


It was a really good community feeling.         


"We were buzzing when we finished."         


The mother of two, who is currently filming for the TV drama doctors, was also part of Malc's Muffins, who were supporting fellow mum Claire Jones, whose father Malcolm Potten is a patient at the hospice.         


Tina Champness, 50, took part in her 5th Star Walk event with the Romford Ravers who all work together at the Mawney Medical Centre in Romford.         


Tina got involved after the charity cared for both her father Dennis Cook and father-in-law Harry Champness.          Hospice fundraiser Marie Ogles leads Team Mary - resized


"It was a thoroughly superb evening. The sea of orange was awesome as too was the weather," said Tina.         


Tara King, 31, from Dagenham, was among a team of healthcare workers from Queen's Hospital calling themselves The Colon Sisters.         


"My nan and grandad passed away at the hospice and the care they were given was wonderful. It takes a very special person to work there.        


"It is exciting and emotional at the same time and I know they will be laughing at me up there."    


Julie Fiorini, 42, from Romford, was there with her friend Jane Carey and said they had a great evening.         


"This is the third year I have taken part and I was so pleased to get my third medal.         "There is always a good atmosphere. It is such a feel good night with all the ladies walking together for the hospice."         


Julie said she has already raised around £3,000 for the hospice over the past three years thanks to donations from Billingsgate Fish Market where her husband Stuart works.      


Lisa Barnett, who was part of the Preschs Girlies team, was walking in memory of her sister Kerrie Smith-Lasry, who was cared for at the hospice before she died.         


"My sister was an 80s fan," said Lisa, from Romford.


"We are here to have fun and raise money for the hospice."           


Dave's Devils was made up of six women walking in memory of Dave Tindall, 59, who died at the hospice on July 5th last year after a long battle with bowel cancer.          


His sister in law Diane Jones, from Romford said,


"The nurses were brilliant and he passed away with love all around him."         


This is the second time Diane has taken part in the walk.         


"He liked us to have fun and he would have been very proud of us."         


Marie Ogles, 44, who works as a PA at the hospice, took part in memory of her mother Mary Black who was cared for at the hospice before she died in 2010.    Hospice fundraiser Marie Ogles leads Team Mary - resized     


"Saturday was one big fundraising party," said Marie, who was joined by her sister Linda Reynolds and her niece Rachael Abbott and friend Sarah Hickey.         


"It was such a lovely environment with everybody supporting each other and getting into the spirit of the evening.           


"It was so lovely to ladies walking for loved ones and doing it with so much laughter and enthusiasm.          


"My family walked for my mum who was all about fun and enjoying life so this was the perfect event to take part in for her memory.          


"The staff, volunteers and entertainers made the evening special and the local community around the route kept us going with their cheers and clapping.           


"I cannot wait to find out how much was raised!"         

Hospice fundraiser Marie Ogles leads Team Mary - resized

Friends with Benefits, which was made up of 12 friends and family, have currently raised more than £1700 for the hospice.     


Sue Palmer, 46, from Ilford, said, "We really enjoyed the walk and we're proud to be part of a worthy cause.         


"A very well organised event."       

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