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Supporting the Midnight Walk
A SALISBURY widower is taking part in Salisbury Hospice’s Midnight Walk for the second time to say thank you to a “fantastic” service.
Roy Webb’s wife Stella spent her last few days at the hospice before she died of cancer in 2010, and Mr Webb said everyone at the hospice was fantastic.
“They couldn’t do enough for her, or for myself and my daughter, so I wanted to do something to thank them," he said. “She asked to go up there when she knew the end was coming and it was the best place for her to be. I can’t say enough good things about the hospice, everybody there was so good; nothing was too much trouble.
“They do such great work up there. They’re such a dedicated lot of people but unfortunately they have to raise money to keep it going.”
The hospice has to raise £1.5million each year to continue its vital service, and the Midnight Walk is a big part of Salisbury Hospice Charity’s fundraising.
The event is now in its fifth year and will take place on May 18, starting from Five Rivers Leisure Centre and following a ten-mile route around the city.
Mr Webb, 77, is a member of a motorcycle club and signed up to be a marshal for the Midnight Walk after someone from the hospice charity came to the club to do a presentation. His daughter Louise Truckle signed up to marshal with him in 2011.
Mr Webb said: “We had such a great time but I decided next time I must walk it so my daughter carried on as a marshal last year but I took part.”
And now that he’s done it once, Mr Webb plans to take part every year to support the charity that helped him and his family.
“I’ve pulled a ligament behind my knee but I’m hoping to be fit again by May,” he said. “As long as I can carry on doing it I will.”
To find out more about the walk or to register to take part, go to salisburyhospicecharity.org.uk.