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School friends step out for their Nans

A group of school friends will be stepping out in memory of their loved ones next month when they take part in the 10k Star Walk! 
Laura and Sarah Nash, Karly Knight and Jodie Buckland with jazz hands (cropped)

Jodie Buckland, sisters Sarah and Laura Nash and Karly Knight will join hundreds of supporters as they walk around Romford town centre, on Saturday, September 22.  


"I have had quite a few friends who have been helped by the Hospice - my Nan Jean being one of them," said Jodie, 26.      

"She had cancer and had lost her leg and she would not have been able to come out of hospital and go home to be with her family without the Hospice's support."    

Laura and Sarah Nash, Karly Knight and Jodie Buckland with in memory signs

Jean was cared for by the Specialist Crisis and Support Service and the Hospice at Home team.     

Its Occupational Therapy team also assessed Jean in her home and provided equipment so she could manage safely.     

The Hospice's support also extended to the family. 

When Jean sadly died in May, Jodie was heavily pregnant and struggling to cope with her grief.    

"I was very close to my Nan and my grandad and I were her carers," said the mum of two.

"I had so much going on at the time and I know I would never have got through it without the support I received from the Family Support Service.    

"Even though you know it is going to happen, you are never really prepared for it."    

Laura and Sarah Nash, Karly Knight and Jodie Buckland with in memory signs 

Sarah and Laura, both 26, will also be walking in memory of their Nan Marion Nash, who was cared for on the inpatient unit during the last days of her life in 2017.     

"We were reluctant about putting her into the hospice in the first place, but it really was the best place for her to be," said Sarah, from Dagenham.    

"The staff really work so hard and were so caring and attentive the whole time she was there.     

"They really supported our Nan, and our whole family, while we were going through such a tough time. "    

Since then the ladies have been doing everything she can to support the charity, which needs to raise £21,000 every day to cover the cost of providing its extensive range of specialist services.     

"People just assume the Hospice has the money it needs and it is not until you are in that situation that you realise it runs on donations," Jodie added.      

"My friends and I wanted to do the Star Walk together as it is nice to do it in memory of our family and help other people who need the Hospice's services."    

Check-in opens at 9pm. There will be entertainment on the night and a warm up before walkers set off at 10pm, starting and finishing at The Liberty Centre.     

And everyone who completes the route will be presented with their well-earned medal!  Tickets cost £20 (includes a limited edition 10th birthday t-shirt and medal).    

Book your place here or contact our Events Team on 01708 753319 ext 2278 or email events@sfh.org.uk