FOR Mandy Riggs and her family, taking part in a midnight stroll will be a poignant way to remember a lost loved one.
Mandy’s dad Robin Smith, 70, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, and died peacefully at The Rowans Hospice last year.
Now his family will be taking part in the Moonlit Memories Walk, which takes place on June 22.
The date of the event is even more poignant because it marks the first anniversary of Robin’s death.
His daughters Mandy, 36 and Nikki Hillier, 34, along with his wife Jackie and family friend Lisa Felstead, 36, will be taking part in the fundraising walk.
Mandy, of Central Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, said: ‘It will be emotional, but it will be a fitting way to remember dad.
‘We will have been thinking of him all day, and with the walk we will be thinking of him in the evening too.
‘The help my dad, and the family, received from the hospice was amazing.
‘We want to show our support.’
The family previously raised £4,000 when they took part in The Rowans Ruby Ride fundraiser, and in a quiz night.
This is the sixth year the walk, which is sponsored by law firm Biscoes, is being held.
It starts at 11pm from Castle Field, in Southsea and people can choose to walk a six or 12-mile route.
Along the way people will go to Portsmouth Cathedral, in St Thomas’s Road, where they can light a candle, and past HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower.
Ian Young, honorary chairman of the trustees, said: ‘We are very pleased Biscoes have agreed to sponsor the Moonlit Memories Walk this year.
‘The walk is very special to the hospice.
‘It’s a great way for people taking part to remember people they have lost, so it’s very much a family event.
‘The route also takes you past some of the most iconic sites of Portsmouth, such as HMS Victory and Spinnaker Tower.
‘And thirdly it’s a great fundraiser for the hospice and we thank everyone for their support.’
To register to take part, you can pick up a form from hospice charity shops, call the fundraising team on (023) 9223 8533, or visit rowanshospice.co.uk/booking.