NIGHTCLUBS and spa breaks are par for the course for hen parties.
But caring Emma Collins from Southsea decided to break from the norm and held hers after the wedding and at Southsea’s Race for Life.
All of Emma’s hens completed the 5k race on Sunday to raise money for Cancer Research UK as Emma’s new husband Lewis has been battling a rare form of cancer for the last year.
Emma, 27, said: ‘These last 12 months are a testament to my fiancé’s character.
‘He has shown optimism, love, courage and strength throughout his fight with cancer and he continues to move forward with the view of living very much for the moment.’
Because of the cancer, the couple brought their special day forward by three months and tied the knot at the Portsmouth Register Office on April 30.
They then followed it up with a wedding reception on Southsea beach, with a round of mini-golf on Clarence Pier.
But Emma decided to use her special day – her hen party – to show her love for her new husband and to raise money for a charity working to find a cure for cancer.
She said: ‘It is now more than ever that I realise my hen party isn’t about my last night of freedom or getting drunk and looking like a mess by the end of it.
‘My hen party was about celebrating the love that I have found with Lew and to celebrate the beauty that is to love and be loved with friends and family.
‘So in the love of Lew and in the love of anyone who has ever lost someone to cancer, fighting with it now or who has survived their fight with cancer... this is for you.’
Lewis, 35, has already survived colon cancer, and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for peritoneal cancer.
Emma and her hens raised nearly £2,000, to make a donation go to justgiving.com/fight4love.