Local family take part in Farleigh Hospice’s Walk for Life

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As part of Farleigh Hospice’s 40th year anniversary, hundreds of walkers made the Walk for Life journey from Maldon to Chelmsford in a fundraising bid for the much-loved hospice.

The sponsored walk, which welcomed over 450 walkers, finally returned after a two-year hiatus and participants were able to choose between two routes along the towpath of the Chelmer and Blackwater navigation.

The options were a 12k ramble which begun at Paper Mill Lock and a more strenuous 24km route which started at the Heybridge Basin, and both finished at Teledyne e2v in Chelmsford.

One local family which took part was Carol Palmer’s family, from Great Notley, known as ‘Henry’s Gang’ on the day, as they were led by loveable Goldendoodle Henry.

Carol was referred to the hospice in February following a diagnosis of inoperable pancreatic and liver cancer and Henry is the dog of Carol’s daughter Sarah.

Carol, while not well enough to do the walk herself, travelled on the bus with her family to wave them off at the start, and greeted them at the finish line.

Carol said: “I’ve been with Farleigh Hospice since I was diagnosed and I want to do whatever I can to fundraise for them.

“We used to live in Stanford-le-Hope and I always supported St Luke’s by doing fun runs and other events. When we moved to Great Notley, I switched my allegiance to Farleigh Hospice. While I can’t quite do fun runs anymore, I want to do whatever I can to fundraise for them. My daughter and grandson will be pretty proactive in their fundraising efforts for Farleigh too.”

There’s still time to donate to Farleigh’s 40th birthday appeal by visiting www.farleighhospice.org/40-memories.


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