Bereaved Crayford mum calls for people to get involved in chYps twilight walk

PUBLISHED: 16:39 09 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:58 09 August 2013

Vicki Read (second right) with Nadia Sawalha and other Twilight walkers

Vicki Read (second right) with Nadia Sawalha and other Twilight walkers


A bereaved Crayford mum is calling on people to sign up for the charity walk organised by Bexley and north Kent children’s hospice chYps.

Vicki Read with Sydney in hospitalVicki Read with Sydney in hospital

Both of Vicki Read’s sons, Sydney and Freddie, were cared for by chYps in their short lives before both dying aged three. The pair suffered from a rare genetic disease called Alpers Disease, with Sydney dying in 2004 and his brother succumbing in 2010.

It takes place on Saturday, September 20 in Danson Park, Bexleyheath.

Vicki, of Heatherbank Close, said: “I always look forward to Twilight Walk because it is such a fun event.

“I love seeing a sea of smiling faces making their way around the park, all marching together for an incredible and deserving cause. If it hadn’t been for chYps, I would’ve crumbled. They got me through the darkest of days.

“Both boys died just aged three – we lost Sydney in 2004 and Freddie in 2010. Taking part in Twilight Walk is my way of giving back to this amazing charity.”

This year’s walk kicks off at 6.45pm with a Zumba warm-up. Participants then have until 10pm to complete as many 1.2mile laps of the picturesque park as they can.

There will be prizes for the highest individual sponsorship and highest team sponsorship and walkers can dress up as glitzy and outrageous as they like.

Registration is £10 per adult and includes a t-shirt and organisers are encouraging walkers to raise at least £75 in sponsorship, in a bid to smash last year’s overall total of £14,000.

chYps must raise £1.47million every year to be able to provide hospice at home care to life-limited children and their families in Bexley and across Kent.

Vicki, 40, who is dressing up this year as children’s book character Where’s Wanda, added: “chYps relies heavily on people’s generosity, dedication and fundraising to be able to care for seriously ill babies, children and young adults. They cannot do this without our help. The great thing about Twilight is that it suits people of all ages and abilities. So please sign up now and help other families like me who need the vital care and support from chYps.”

To register call Emma Middleton on 01322 221315 or visit

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