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Walking in the moonlight in Bexleyheath for charity

09:35 13 September 2016

Bexley deputy mayor Val Clark officially launched the Greenwich and bexley Community Hospice Moonlit Walk at Broadway Shopping Centre.

Bexley deputy mayor Val Clark officially launched the Greenwich and bexley Community Hospice Moonlit Walk at Broadway Shopping Centre.

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Nearly 150 took part in the walk on Saturday

A walk through the Bexleyheath moonlight has managed to raise more than £5,000 for a local hospice.

Nearly 150 walkers took part in the walk on Saturday to help raise money for Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

Taking part was Jan Clark, who wore a T-shirt in tribute to her daughter Lucy while taking on the 10km walk, which started and finished at the Broadway Shopping Centre.

Everyone involved lit up the night with a neon-1980s fancy dress theme.

Ms Clark, along with her friends, managed to raise nearly £700.

She described the importance of the hospice, having lost her daughter to cervical cancer in 2013.

She said: “My life will never be the same again, but I want to do everything I can to keep Lucy’s memory alive.

“I want to share her story so that people aren’t afraid of the word ‘hospice’ like I was.

“The hospice is there for anyone who needs it. They will be there for you and your family if you need them. I am so grateful they were there for mine.

“I was pleased to be able to take part in the Moonlit Walk. Everyone was in a good mood so it was a joyous occasion, even though there was a lot of sadness.”

Ms Clark’s daughter, who was from Charlton, had been visited by hospice nurses during her final weeks.

It costs £8million a year to run the hospice’s service.

Sarah O’Halloran, head of income generation, said: “We are so grateful to all of those who help fund the hospice services by taking part in events, sponsorship and other donations. Every penny really does count.”

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