26-mile walk for charity in memory of son and nephew

Stu Young and Alan Gower, from Gosport, walked 26 miles in memory of Alan's son Joe, five
Stu Young and Alan Gower, from Gosport, walked 26 miles in memory of Alan's son Joe, five

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TWO sailors from HMS Collingwood raised £1,200 after doing the Clarendon Way Walk in memory of their late son and nephew.

Joe Gower died of a brain tumour at the age of five last year and his father Alan and uncle Stu Young wanted to raise money for Jack’s Place and Naomi’s House, ­ the hospice where Joe spent his final few days.

They walked 26 miles from Salisbury Cathedral to Winchester Cathedral in eight and a half hours after doing the reverse walk last year.

Alan said: ‘It was a tough walk. It was wet in the morning and quite tiring but we managed it.

‘We wanted to give something in return.

‘Naomi’s House gave and still give support to our family during this difficult time.

‘Just last week, they took Joe’s twin brother Jay out for a day at the circus and they are always there whenever we need support.

‘We hope that this money will help the house support any child that has been in a similar position.

‘They have been a wonderful help to us.’

This is just one of a number of various fundraising events that have taken place to raise money for Naomi’s House.

In the past 18 months, friends and family of Joe have raised more than £10,000 for the hospice

Alan added: ‘My wife is doing the Thames Challenge in September and that will hopefully raise a lot of money.

‘Friends of the family have been so supportive during this time.’

Stu added: ‘We would like to raise money to ensure that Naomi’s House and Jack’s Place can continue to help ill children and bereft families in the future.’

To support Alan and Stu visit their fundraising page at secure.artezglobal.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?

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