Andy’s memory gives inspiration to take part in midnight walk

Emma Norokvelle-Combs (left), from Stubbington who is taking part in the Moonlit Memories Walk with her friend Zoe Cooper-Brunink in memory of Emmas husband Andy Combs who died from a brain tumour.
Emma Norokvelle-Combs (left), from Stubbington who is taking part in the Moonlit Memories Walk with her friend Zoe Cooper-Brunink in memory of Emmas husband Andy Combs who died from a brain tumour.

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A WIDOW is taking part in a midnight walk through Portsmouth in memory of her brave husband.

Emma Combs is hoping to raise cash for The Rowans Hospice which helped care for her partner Andy, 36, in his last days.

He died at the Purbrook hospice last September after battling a brain tumour for 10 years.

As reported in The News, he made sure he clung on to see his youngest daughter Helena’s first day at Elson Infant School, in Gosport.

Emma, of Exmouth Road, Gosport, will now join hundreds of others for the Moonlit Memories Walk, which takes place around Portsmouth on June 16.

Emma said: ‘The Rowans was absolutely fantastic and they still are.

‘Once we were discharged it hasn’t meant the end of our contact with the hospice.

‘The children use the Meerkat Service (which helps bereaved youngsters) and I take them there each week.

‘The staff are great and they remember us and say hello and ask questions.

‘It feels like what the staff do there is more than just a job to them.’

Emma will be walking with her friend Zoe Cooper-Brunink, of Stubbington.

The pair will be joining scores of other walkers who take part in memory of a lost loved one.

The person does not have to have had help from the hospice in order to take part in the annual event, which is now in its fifth year.

To mark the anniversary of the walk, the minimum age limit has been dropped to 13 years old, so more families can take part.

A shorter five-mile course has also been introduced.

But time is running out – people cannot register on the night and need to enter by June 8.

Last year, 1,600 people took part. The hospice is appealing for more people to sign up.

Money raised from the event goes towards running hospice services.

This includes its day care centre, bereavement services, the upkeep of 19 in-patient rooms, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, bereavement support for children and young people and carers groups.

The walk starts at 11pm.

To download a registration form visit rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9223 8533.