Ipswich widow signs up for pirate-themed St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk on May 16 in honour of husband James Willson

From left to right, Sam Willson, Christine Atkinson and Tracy Williams

From left to right, Sam Willson, Christine Atkinson and Tracy Williams - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich woman who will take on this year’s St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk in memory of her husband has spoken of her determination to raise as much money as possible for the cause.

There are just two months until hundreds of people take to the streets of the town in aid of the organisation – with participants able to take on five-mile, eight-mile and half marathon challenges.

Among those taking part this year will be 32-year-old Sam Willson, who will be joined by 11 other individuals in a team called The Willson Walkers.

They are taking on the five-mile route around the town centre in memory of Sam’s husband James, who died on October 27 last year at the age of 33.

He was cared by St Elizabeth Hospice’s Hospice at Home nurses.


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The Wilson Walkers will be mostly made up of James’s family and some work colleagues.

Mrs Wilson said: “We want to do what we can for St Elizabeth Hospice and to raise as much as possible in sponsorship so they can continue to help others like they helped us.

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“The hospice nurses gave James such comfort, we want to do anything we can to support them.”

All routes for this year’s Pirate-themed Midnight Walk, which is supported by the Ipswich Star and sister paper the East Anglian Daily Times, will begin and end at Ipswich Town Football Club.

All three circuits will also pass the hospice in Foxhall Road, which gives friends and families the opportunity to place a tag with a personal message on the Tree of Remembrance.

There are still places available on the walk, which takes place on May 16, and the closing date for registration will be Thursday, May 14, at 5pm.

To register, please visit www.midnightwalkipswich.co.uk or, alternatively, call 01473 707043.

Will you be taking part in this year’s Midnight Walk in memory of a loved one? Contact the newsroom on 01473 324788 or send an email to newsroom@archant.co.uk

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