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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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25th anniversary Walk to Remember between Barrow and Ulverston

HUNDREDS celebrated and remembered the lives of loved ones in a Walk to Remember between Barrow and Ulverston.

For the first time the St Mary’s Hospice charity event invited men to take part with a new 25k route between Barrow and Ulverston and back starting at 6pm on Saturday night. The 11k route around Barrow remained exclusive to women and started at 8pm.

Gemma Spurr, 32, of Millom, said: “It’s been a brilliant atmosphere, although it’s quite different to last year because of the two different races so we don’t all finish at the same time. Everyone is really friendly and chatty and supportive of each other, even though you’ve never met before.

Miss Spurr, trained as a nurse for two years at the hospice, in Ulverston, when she was 17. She said her training at the hospice has helped her secure her job at Furness General Hospital.

She added: “I know how much St Mary’s Hospice really need charity funds to run it and the work that they do. They need the money. The nurses there are really friendly and caring. They looked after my uncle really well.

“My granddad (mum’s dad) has got cancer and will probably have to go to the hospice. It’s a really nice place.

“It’s really family-oriented and it’s dead friendly and comfortable. It’s dead nice.

“A lot of people are staying in hospital who should be in a hospice.

“I think it’s important to raise money for the charity because you never know if you or a loved one might have to use it in the future.”

Boyfriend Steven Robinson, 32, of Millom, said: “I came to support my girlfriend but also because it’s a worthy cause. The money will help local people.

“A lot of people around Furness will know someone who uses and needs it.”

The pair, who completed the 25k route in about five hours, took part as a group of five family members in memory of Miss Spurr’s uncle, Peter Carroll, 54, who died of prostate cancer in March 2013.

Mum-of-two Tracy Robinson, 49, of Greenodd, took part in memory of her mum with a team name of Tina’s Girls. Joining Mrs Robinson were her four sisters, Helen McKenna, 44, twins Kerry Higham and Stephanie Lambert, both 40, and Lisa McKenna, 38. Younger relatives Shannon Johnston, 16, a pupil at Ulverston Victoria High School, and Holly Lambert, 17, who studies at Kendal College, also took part.

Tina McKenna, 65, died as a result of breast cancer in October 2013, and left behind 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs Robinson, who works at the hospice shop, said: “She was suffering with it for about four years and the hospice looked after her in her last three weeks.

“After someone you love dies it’s a bit of a wake-up call. It’s a fantastic organisation and I know we couldn’t have done without them. It meant she could live at home and it was lovely.

“We will take part every year now. It inspired me to help out at the shop. Until you or a relative needs the service you don’t know how much they really do for you.”

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